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PietroCanestrelli-Pietro Canestrelli
Master Circus Instructor

A seventh-generation circus performer, Pietro Canestrelli was born in a caravan wagon in Italy in 1925. The Canestrelli family had a circus in Europe for 50 years. Pietro came to the Unted States and toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in the mid-1950s, performing with his brother and sister. He met his wife, Joyce (a trapeze artist and dancer), while performing. They went on to raise six children – all of whom, at one time or another, performed with the family act. The Canestrellis was a headlining act in SeaWorld’s “City Streets” show.

CherylLCheryl Lindley

Aerial Arts, Clowning, Acting, Flexibility, Contortion, Handstands, Acrobatics

Ms. Lindley explored commedia dell’ arte in the 1980s and was a member of the Fern Street Circus for 14 years; where she directed the 2004 “Alice in Circusland” and 2005 “Through the Looking Glass” annual showcase productions in San Diego’s Balboa Park. She is the star clown for Imagination Entertainment’s iL CiRco, an award winning special events circus show. Ms. Lindley created a new aerial act for the 2007 Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

RogelioLRogelio Lopez


Mr. Lopez was a member the Fern Street Circus as a performer and as a vice president of the Board of Directors. He is a retired public health programs administrator with Health Net of California. He operates the San Diego Pa Kua Kung Fu Academy and is a serious student of diabolo.


SadieLindleySadie Lindley

Aerial Arts, Contortion

Sadie Lindley is an International Circus Artist and will be teaching Aerial Classes, Flexibility, and Body Balancing.


GarrettAllenGarrett Allen

Aerial Arts, Hand Stands

Garrett Allen has toured the world as an Aerialist, Hand Stands and Contortionist.



OtgoOtgo Waller

Work shop teacher and performer

Otgo Waller has performed in Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and with Ringling Brothers.


Hanna Denham

Mixed Circus Arts Instructor

Hanna Denham is a Hand Balancing Contortionist. Working with a background in theater, she desired to give more to the audience. Performing became a way to not only prove discipline to herself, but share love with the audience as well. She brings injury prevention stretch training along with strength knowledge.



Stilts, Tightwire, and Rolling Globe

J7 is a Texas State champion cheerleader, drill majorette and roller derby skater. From fire eating to stilt walking she ran away and joined the circus to mix her creative arts with her humanitarian works. She is also the proud owner of J7 Productions and enjoys sharing cirque with people of all ages!