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Instructors

Lauren Charnow Founder

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Lauren Charnow is a born performer who grew up singing and dancing in her parent’s theater company in the United States. Lauren studied dance and gymnastics before finally finding her true love, aerial silks. Lauren has studied circus arts and dance in New York City taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, Circus Warehouse, and Steps. After attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York City to study acting she created her own circus performance troupe in upstate New York. She attended Skidmore College where she took classes in dance, theater, anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise science. She has studied circus arts at Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, Georgia where she received certificates for aerial silks instruction and circus therapy (using circus to work with individuals with learning differences). Lauren has received certificates for Circus Yoga (a form of partner acrobatics) as well as hammock/sling instruction (Spin City). She has studied circus at NECCA in Vermont USA, and participated in the Caravan Social Circus Training Program studying in Le Plus Petit Cirque Du Monde in France, Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles, Sorin Sirkus in Finland, and CABUWAZI in Berlin. She has dedicated the past twelve years of her life to teaching circus and exploring circus performance art. In Chicago, she performed with the Comedy Dance Collective and in Aloft Circus Arts performances. Lauren is the founder of Kría Aerial Arts which opened in 2020 and the author of the Kría Aerial Arts Absolute Beginner Essential Guide and Journal. Her goal is to make aerial silks accessible to anyone who wants to learn the amazing things they are capable of achieving

Alice Demurtas Instructor

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Alice's performance journey did not begin until her high school years, when she was drawn into small-scale stage productions that encouraged her to experiment more with theatre and self-expression.  It wasn't until recently, however, that Alice decided to expand her horizons and join mentor and friend Lauren Charnow on more experimental ventures. In 2019, after two years of pole fitness training, Alice began training aerial silks in Reykjavík. It was love at first wrap. Before the end of the year Alice had begun her journey as a silks instructor and performer, also joining Lauren Charnow as part of Charnow's performing company Kría Aerial Arts, which includes both aerial silks productions and clowning shows for children and young adults. During the summer of 2020, the duo presented their first joint performance called Rebirth—an aerial exploration of the past and the future, which was presented at Reykjavík Fringe Festival and Ludlow Fringe Festival. In 2021 Alice performed as Space Cat in GAME ON which is preparing for it´s world tour in 2022.