Aerial Antics

Aerial Antics, founded in 2015, is Ottawa's "vertical theater" company. We provide refined and inspiring performances, mixing the elegance of aerial dance with the excitement of dynamic twists and falls. We chose to call ourselves “Aerial Antics” to reflect our playful approach to choreography that incorporates elements of other performance arts. We happily tailor performances to your needs and can get you involved in the act if desired.

Created to facilitate and motivate participation in aerial circus arts. We are the place to learn and practice a variety of circus style aerials in Ottawa!


We offer professional training and performances on aerial fabric (silks), static trapeze, aerial hoop (lyra), rope (corde lisse) and aerial sling (hammock). All levels of fitness welcome (ages 6+), with over 25 feet of flying space.  

Affiliates & Gratitudes

Laws of Motion  -  Orbital Talent  -  Jen Derbach Photography -

Cirquonscient  -  A Beautiful Smack to the Head  -  Dragon's Ire

- Paper Doll Militia -  Hercinia Arts Toronto 



"Thank you so much for participating!  It was a fantastic performance – we loved having you!  I’ve only heard good things. Hoping we can work together again in the future." 


Stéphanie Tak, Head of Operations, 

Canadian Museum of Nature 

"Dear Aerial Antics team from Glowfair,
We wanted to thank you for the fantastic performance and the creativity involved in your movements that captured the hundreds of people in the audience at Glowfair 2016 & 2017. Your group added the perfect glow factor to our Glowfit block. We look forward to partnering again in the future with members from Aerial Antics and watching how the magic unfolds before our very eyes!"  


Dianna Ashworth, Glowfair Theme Block Manager

 "It was a pleasure working with the Aerial Antics team.  They were professional and were able to accommodate all of our requests.  The performance really added a ‘wow’ factor to our event.”


Shelagh Connolly, Special Event Coordinator, National Arts Centre Foundation


Our Team

Melissa Landry
Aerialist / Director / Instructor

Melissa has been teaching and performing on aerial silks since 2012. It is the wraps, drops, twists and dives that drive her to continue but also the personal satisfaction in achieving the unexpected.  Her obsession with movement art has pushed her skill development in other circus arts such as poi, hooping and fire manipulation. Melissa graduated from the Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Montreal Canada in the Professional Trainer program with specializations in corde lisse (aerial rope), fabric and tightwire. She also has professional certification (New England Center for Circus Arts) and training (Paper Doll Militia) from circus schools and aerial performance professionals in Canada and the United States. She is a member of the Cirquonscient performance collective.  

Aerialist / Instructor

Christal began her aerial arts adventure in 2012 on aerial silks. She has expanded her expertise to include skills on aerial hoop (lyra), static trapeze and corde lisse. Christal is a strong performer and enthusiastic coach who encouragers her students explore and test their boundaries. She compliments her aerial skills with body combat training and teaching at Goodlife Fitness. Christal provides instruction in French and English. She is a member of the Cirquonscient performance collective.  

Aerialist / Instructor

Sophie has been practicing aerial arts since 2013 and has been performing for over 3 years in community events, festivals, and corporate events. Sophie is skilled on various apparatus, including silks, static trapeze, lyra and aerial hammock. Sophie is inspired by her students and lives for the moments of achievement that only comes with the development of strength and mental clarity that aerial arts and fitness provides. With a background in dance and as a certified fitness and aerial yoga coach, aerial arts have been a natural continuation of her love for creative movement and restorative fitness. She is a member of the Cirquonscient performance collective.  

Aerialist / Instructor

Regina has been an Aerialist since 2015, and started teaching classes in 2017. She has a background as a gymnast and coach in Rhythmic and Aesthetic Group Gymnastics and has performed at two World Gymnaestradas: Dornbirn, Austria 2007, and Helsinki, Finland 2015. Regina has Aerials teaching certification from New England Center for Circus Arts, and Pole and Aerial Fitness Instruction Commission of Canada, and is a certified Rhythmic Gymnastics coach with the National Coaching Certification Program. She is consistently inspired by the creativity and uniqueness of each Aerialist, and loves helping others learn exciting new skills, conquer personal challenges, and develop their individual styles in a fun and encouraging environment. She is a member of the Cirquonscient performance collective.   

Aerialist / Instructor

Sam started her aerials journey in 2018 working with aerial hoop (lyra). Leveraging her lengthy background in competitive gymnastics, she expanded into aerial silks and trapeze. She was delighted to start teaching in 2019. Sam has a decade of teaching experience outside of aerials in kettlebell, personal training and Muay Thai. Her teaching approach across all her classes is to build a strong foundation and encourage students to find their own style. 

Aerialist / Instructor

Renée-Claude has been training and performing on aerial silks and aerial hoop since 2016. She is also a skilled hula hooper, teaching and performing with LED and fire in Ottawa for over 8 years. Renée-Claude is motivated by all the creative challenges aerial arts present, from collaboratively creating new acts, characters and shows, to figuring out how to master the physics at play in dynamic movements. She is an artistic collaborator and member of the Cirquonscient performance collective.  

Aerialist / Instructor

Claire started out with hoop dance in 2013 and quickly found a love for aerial hoop (lyra) and contortion in 2017. Since then she's expanded her aerial skills to include hammock. She started performing in 2019, and in 2020 began sharing her talents through coaching. Her goal is to make sure everyone has fun with all forms of circus arts.

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Aerialist / Instructor

Sandi fell in love with Aerials in 2017. With a background in tap, jazz, and ballet and formal training in mental health, Sandi believes movement is the foundation of growth and has capacity for healing. Sandi has experience teaching silks, Lyra, and trapeze. Certified in CPR First Aid, Stop The Bleed, Mental Health First Aid, ASSIST, and motivational interviewing.

Aerialist / Instructor

Francisca has been practicing aerial and circus arts since 2010 and performing in community and corporate events and festivals since 2015. As an ardent opponent of anything that seems too much like regular exercise, Francisca has a passion for aerial and circus arts as a way of staying active while having fun and expressing herself, and she encourages others to embrace and develop their own silly and creative side. She is a member of the Cirquonscient performance collective.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Circus Aerials?


The appeal of the circus arts ranges from the athletic and adventurous to the curious and creative. Developing skills on aerial fabric, aerial hoop, hammock, rope and static trapeze build strength & flexibility, poise and self-confidence and provide a wonderful outlet for imagination, creative expression-and fun. 


There are a few things to keep in mind when you start training circus aerials:

Learning circus aerials can be challenging but is well worth the time invested. A skilled aerialist will make everything they do look easy, however, that can make it frustrating for you, the early learner, because everything feels hard. But, if you stick with it, and get your feet off the ground it is complete satisfaction.  

How long will it take me to learn aerial arts?


Everyone has different strengths, and learns at a different pace. Students with high levels of conditioning and a strong background in movement arts such as gymnastics, dance, yoga, rock-climbing or martial-arts often advance more rapidly because they already possess body spatial awareness. But don't give up! If you find you’re just not getting something, don't sweat it, our classes are designed to provide flexibility to support each individual's progress. Although done in a group setting, aerials are very individualistic. Also, training time is great for practicing those nemesis moves. We also offer private lessons for a focused approach. 

Aspiring to Perform?


We offer training and practice times with our coaches who are all professional performers and teach classes in a way that help prepare and condition students for performing in front of audiences or participating in competitions if desired. We provide in-house student showcases which can help build the skills required for professional performances. If you are interested in performing please inquire at Aerial Antics maintains a performance troupe that provides entertainment at private functions and festivals. Visit our Performances page to see highlights from some of the events we have been involved in. 

Registration & Payment


Class registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and payment must be received in full to confirm a place in a class. The easiest and most efficient way of registering for a class is through the use of our online registration system. Payments can be made via our registration system or by etransfer to

Can I skill share during open gym?

Skill sharing is tricky, as it should be reserved for competent aerialists who are expanding their knowledge in a safe and reasonable way. It should not be treated as a substitute for proper training and instruction from a qualified instructor. Skills sharing should be about playing within the skill level that the students are in, rather than as a tool to increase skill level, i.e., try hard new things. For this reason, students who are engaged in skills sharing should be at a similar skill level to each other, otherwise it is not sharing it is instruction.

What should I wear?

Wear reasonably form-fitting workout attire that covers your legs, lower back and your stomach. Tights or pants should be at least ¾ length. Help us protect the equipment! Please do not wear clothing with Velcro or zippers (even the little waist band pocket kind!) or buttons or buckles. Please do not wear jewelry. If your instructor is concerned about any hard-to-remove jewelry, you will have the option of removing it, covering it up, or staying off the equipment.

What if I miss a class?


If you miss a class we can offer a credit or refund if you provide a valid medical note. We do not offer substitutions for missed classes. For questions please refer to our "Polices and General Information" below.


Policies and General Information

Missed Class

If you miss a class we can provide a credit or refund if you provide a valid medical note. We do not offer substitutions for missed classes or training times. 


Session Cancellation/Refunds

Aerial Antics reserves the right to cancel any programs with insufficient registration one week prior to the program start date. No refunds will be issued due to government enforced closures. Cancellation or withdrawal of a registration prior to classes commencing will result in a $40.00 administration fee. Following commencement of the session, no refunds or credits will be issued save the form of an account credit for medical reasons only (a medical certificate must be provided). If you and/or your dependent(s) are not completely satisfied after your first class, Aerial Antics will refund your full session excluding the $40 administration fee. 


After your first class, Aerial Antics maintains a NO REFUND policy on all of our fees in order to ensure proper safety and staffing for our classes and events.