Talent 2018-02-01T01:12:53+00:00


Chloe Marvel Light Axelrod - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Fleeky Flanco - Hand Balancer & Contortionist - Wooden Nickel Circus

A powerhouse performance artist whose talents have carried her around the world. Chloe has performed for a variety of acclaimed companies in world-class productions in places such as San Francisco, Tokyo, Osaka, Atlantic City, Leipzig, as well as in the Dominican Republic.

Chloe is known for her dynamic performance style, full of high-level acrobatic and aerial skills combined with effortless grace and incredible form. Chloe began training under Master Lu Yi at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts when she was 14 years old. A stand out in the prestigious Youth Circus Training Program, Chloe was trained in floor acrobatics, hand balancing, partner acrobatics, teeterboard, straps, and acrobatic bungee. As an adult, Chloe began to train and perform as an aerial hoop artist, specializing in both solo and duo hoop.

Today, Chloe excels in multiple aerial disciplines, including the hoop, straps, cube and flying trapeze. She is revered for both her solo and partner acts in the air, as well as on the floor. Trained by the acclaimed coach, Serchmaa Byamba in contortion, Chloe is also recognized as an accomplished ground performer.

Born out of the radioactive ruins of Washington DC, Fleeky Flanco has increasingly become known as the “Thomas Mann” of frontbending (klishnig) for a unique embodiment of modern and classical frontbending styles.

Currently based in the toxic icefalls of the South San Francisco Bay Area, Fleeky’s teachers include Master coach Xia kemin, National Treasure of Mongolia, contortionist Serchma Byambaa and Acrobatic Visionary Dominik (The Swiss) Wyss.

Bradley Henderson - Acrobat - Wooden Nickel Circus

Inka Siefker - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Bradley Henderson was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended the San Francisco Circus Center at a young age, learning the ancient arts of Chinese acrobatics under the direction of master trainer Lu Yi. During these years he was involved in numerous performances with the Pickle Family Circus and the Circus Center.

Bradley attended the National Circus school of Montreal and after graduation, joined Les 7 Doigts de la Main. He is an original cast member of “Traces” and has performed in various corporate and promotional events for Cirque du Soliel, as well as Pippin, the Broadway musical.

Bradley has also performed as a guest on television, including America’s Got Talent, Jimmy Kimmel, Wendy, and Williams. He has had the privilege of entertaining royalty, festivals, circus competitions, and Olympic ceremonies.

Currently teaching for the circus company “Acrosanct” in San Francisco while continuing to perform short-term contracts, he most recently performed in “Amuse” and Darcey Oakes “Edge of Reality” tour.

Twisted by fate and charmed by the stars, Inka has been entertaining audiences with an illuminating smile and arresting energy since she was merely 3 years old. Although she has always lived in an upside down world, it was at the dawn of her 20s that she ran away to join the circus.

Presently in her circus life, where the strangest things are just routine, Esquire Magazine dubbed her “Sexy and Deadly” after she set the Guinness World Record for “farthest arrow shot into a target using the feet” while doing a handstand!

Most of her time upside down and backwards was spent with Mongolian contortion legend Serchmaa Byamba and Master Xia Khemin with Nanjing Acrobatics. During recent summers visiting Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, she absorbed contortion aesthetics and training with the famous Enkhtsetseg Lodoi and XBud Roses.

Inka has a single goal in this life: to entertain you with impossible things.

Eka Boo Button - Aerialist - Wooden Nickel Circus

Dwoira Galilea - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Eka Boo Button is a maverick of quirks and quips and circus tricks.

Whether she’s in the air on a rope, balancing on her hands, or sauntering on stilts, she is sure to delight thru her unparalleled sense of character, charm, and style.

As if that wasn’t enough, Eka Boo is also a stellar seamstress and holds a BFA in fashion design, which she uses to craft her one-of-a-kind costumes.

MeeZee - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Sylphie Ariella - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Character chameleon, chair stacker, klown prince, b-boy scientist, circus beefcake, roaming specialty artist. Sprung from the great San Francisco Bay Area. Made of natural earth grown nutrients. Fueled by desire, passion, and inspiration. There never was and there will never be another. His aim is true. Love is his message. From the bottom to the top. Honk! Honk!

Born full of mystery and motion, Sylphie began her training in classical and contemporary ballet at the age of 3. Ever the rebel, she tossed aside all expectations and gravitational forces and discovered aerial contortion.

For 6 years, Sylphie studied under the watchful eye of circus legends Elena Panova and Serchamaa Byamba at the San Francisco Circus Center. She emerged with an entirely unique aerial hoop style and has been performing internationally since 2008. Known for her sensual, languid movements and energetic tricks, Sylphie’s aesthetics favor the eerie and macabre.

Stephanie Haber - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Snatch Adams - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Snatch Adams is an Oakland-based circus burlesque performer. She is a trained clown who graduated from the San Francisco Clown Conservatory and has been performing in traveling circuses and variety shows since childhood.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Snatch learned to ride a unicycle and juggle at the age of ten and joined her first traveling circus at age 13. She moved to the Bay Area in 2009 and fell in love with the lively and diverse burlesque scene that exists here.

Snatch is excited to bring a mix of clowning and circus skill as she shares her love of the red nose on the burlesque stage!

Featherpistol - Pole Acrobat - Wooden Nickel Circus

Jacob Doyle - Cyr Wheel - Wooden Nickel Circus

The Lovely Lauralynn Featherpistol is a performance artist based in San Francisco. Her signature style, entitled “Kung Fu Geisha Acrobatic Pole Art,” has been in the making since 2003. Her experience with tissue, lyra, kung fu, pole, ballet and trapeze has lent a decidedly aerial flavor to her pole work.

And yet acrobatic pole tricks are not all Lauralynn’s style brings to the table. Years of studying science and art history in college, followed by years of teaching pole dance and personal fitness, has given her movement a fluid, expressive quality that is quite unique. LL Featherpistol has performed her “Acrobatic Pole Performance Art” at private parties, Vegas nightclubs, special events, casinos, birthdays, bachelorettes, fundraisers, festivals, and theater productions.

Jacob Haslem began competitive athletics at the age of eight participating in soccer, wrestling, hockey, and snowboarding.  In high school he discovered team gymnastics and cheerleading, competing on floor and vault at the State level and helping to catapult his team to Nationals.  It was during this time that he also began to explore self expression through swing and breakdancing.

After leaving his hometown of Chicago, Jacob took up acting and filmmaking and was soon working as an actor.  He took up yoga stretching techniques and meditation next and, upon discovering circus arts in 2012, was able to merge his gymnastics background with his love for dancing and acting all into one.

Jacob continually searches for different ways of self expression through the language of movement.  These days his focus is more on educating others and sharing all that he has learned about health & fitness over the years.  However, he still feeds his passion performing regularly as a character performer and Cyr Wheel artist with the likes of Vau De Vire Society, Gregangelo’s Velocity Circus, and Wooden Nickel Circus!

The Klown - Klown/DJ - Wooden Nickel Circus

Dante Manici - Magician - Wooden Nickel Circus

Based in the cartoon-infested foo’zoo known worldwide as “San Francisco,” The Klown is a double-decade veteran of the City’s revolutionary, trendsetting, underground live-music, EDM, and circus scenes, as well as one of its premier underbelly promoter-producers. In true renaissance-ape fashion, he creates his signature eclectic glitch-rich, swing-blinged, booty-rooty, bass-music mixes by tattooing bulgy-eyed goldfish with electroluminescent hieroglyphs, setting them loose in a plate-glass fishbowl brimming with proprietary LSD-laced soda water, and then monitoring their interactions and navigation patterns to derive directional inspiration. It’s dangerous work, and should never be tried at home without some kind of proper, inattentive, adult-agnostic supervision. Ever.

Furthermore and whatnot, The Klown produces and residents Trapeze Worldwide, the internationally acclaimed US-flagship bass music and burlesque showcase dance-party supremisto. He also founded and fronts the notorious electrofunk all-klown band Gooferman, co-founded the successfully degenerate all-klown marching outfit TrashKan Marchink Band, regularly works with the inimitable Vau de Vire Society, and runs the tyrannical Circus Metropolus kult and their bootyguards, The Kops. He’s also grossly misrepresented DJing and otherwise defaced musical things at venues all over the States and at all kinds of festivals, including but not limited to: Electric Daisy Carnival, Symbiosis, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Burlesque Hall of Fame, Bumbershoot, Burning Man, The Edwardian Ball, Bohemian Carnival, and the like. While not pursuing third place with all his might, he enjoys watching humanity deal with itself, ingesting Lagunitas Brewing Company beer, monitoring UFO, bigfoot and adult-content developments, and staying up late.

Dante was born to be a magician. As a child, his father built props for professional touring magicians out of the workshop in their New York home. At ten, Dante began studying his art at the world famous “Tannen’s Magic Camp.” By twelve, he could be seen handing out his business card and performing at local community events.

His passion to perform led him to study theater at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. After moving to California, Dante’s work expanded into television, commercials and print. He was cast to play himself on the Emmy-nominated television show “Hip Hop Harry” that aired on the Discovery Kids network.

In 2013, Dante was awarded San Francisco’s Performer of the Year by RAW, an international independent art organization. Now living in the Bay Area, Dante continues to enjoy bringing magic to events nationwide.

Naomi Aeva - Aerialist - Wooden Nickel Circus

Amelia Van Brunt - Clown - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

Naomi has been performing on stage in one capacity or another for the past 20 years. Starting off as a child pianist, she moved on to become a teenage singer, a trained actor in musical theatre, and finally ran away with the circus.

While completing a BFA in Musical Theatre from Chicago College of Performing Arts, Naomi studied static trapeze and tissue with Shayna Swanson and Aloft Aerial Dance.

She began teaching and performing as an aerialist with Aloft shortly after graduating from theatre school, and then moved to San Francisco to continue her training as a circus performer. She was a member of San Francisco-based dance company Capacitor from 2011 to 2013.

Amelia Van Brunt is a professional and award-winning clown, dancer, fire spinner, character extraordinaire and founding Artistic Director of physical theatre company Bad, Bad Bunny.  She performs regularly around the San Francisco Bay Area and specializes in complete physical transformation and ferocious play in her characters.

Amelia studied at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where she completed a one-year Professional Training Program and after graduation returned to complete a master’s thesis on clown. She is also a trained medical clown with The Medical Clown Project and a makeup artist specializing in prosthesis and monster makeup.

Amelia has trained with and/or worked professionally alongside Bill Irwin, Steve Martin, Stephen Buescher, and Steve Smith (of Ringing Bros and Big Apple Circus).  Amelia completed an Artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Circus Center where she developed the one-woman show, ‘In the Blue of Evening,’ which tours internationally.

Colin Creveling - Clown - Wooden Nickel Circus

AJ Kirsch - appearing with Wooden Nickel Circus

A crafty clown with the flair of an escape artist, Colin Creveling will carry you to the mercurial reaches of your imagination.

Raised in the heart of the Midwest, “Donkey” dreamed of a life on-stage.  After studying for four years at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Acting, he formed a spectacle theatre group dubbed “The Inappropriates” wreaking havoc on stage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra all the way to the Bay of Bengal.

Possessing masterful balance both on the wire and in the ring, he reclaims that which has been cast aside, so that it may be resurrected again through your eyes.  Unflappable and curious till the end, he pursues his craft with  a vision to disturb the universe.

Whether it’s on screen or on stage, A.J. Kirsch has done a little of everything.

The former professional wrestler has been interviewed by Larry King, enjoyed prominent roles in the nationally televised reality shows WWE Tough Enough and Dating Naked, dramatic roles in San Andreas and I (Almost) Got Away With It, and won Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Rock the Promo competition (as declared by Dwayne Johnson, himself).

Presently, A.J. is a host at Oakland’s underground wrestling phenomenon Hoodslam, San Francisco’s best burlesque show Hubba Hubba Revue, as well as various boxing & MMA events, festivals, and even tractor pulls.

When it’s time to turn it on, no one turns it on like A.J. There is no stage he can’t own.