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Staff

 Leanne Hamilton-Kinnear: Club President

At the young age of six, Leanne began training acrobatics with the Adelaide Acrobatic Club, and performed in a range of venues around Adelaide. Leanne’s first performance was at the Royal Adelaide Show when she was only seven years old. Only a few years later, when she was fourteen, Leanne began to coach acrobatics and gymnastics at the Crescent Youth Club, and some thirty years later, she continues working as a dedicated coach, however has expanded to include all things circus!

 

Leanne has been involved in CircoBats since its inception in 2008, and was the Head Trainer for over seven years. She has dedicated a lot of her time and energy into CircoBats and continues to work tirelessly as the CircoBats President. Leanne’s most treasured performance was in 2014, when she performed with CircoBats in the Young Star Circus, alongside two of her beautiful daughters in Singapore.

 

Her favourite circus apparatus are hula-hoop and poi, because they are a lot of fun and enjoyable for all skill levels, however her favourite apparatus to watch are aerial silks and hula-hoop. She embraces all things aerial, however truly admires the beauty and grace of silks and the amazing agility of the hula artist. When asked to describe herself in three words, there were simply too many to choose from and she had to use four words: “creative, caring, enthusiastic and determined”. 

 

 Alex Charman: Performance Troupe Head trainer

Inspired by the work of her mother, Franky Charman-Green, Alex was immersed in the dazzling world of circus before she could even walk or talk; her first performance was as a toddler in a UniBats demonstration, over twenty years ago! Since her early debut, Alex has performed on various stages around the world, including Adelaide, Melbourne, Singapore and most recently in the United States of America. Her resume consists of various shows and performances, including Music Box Circus (2007), Happy Birthday Circus (2008), Lazy Circus (2009), Grandma’s Dream Garden (2010), Circus of the Seven Seas (2014 & 2016), Young Star Circus (2014) and Spaced Out (2016). Alex is also involved in Vertical Insanity Circus, which was founded by several senior CircoBats members in 2015. With VI Circus, Alex has performed in Trapped (2015-2016), Mortal Sins (2016), Try Again (2016-2017) and High Tea With Burl Esque (2017).

 

Recently, Alex completed a Bachelor of Dance (2015) and is currently the Head Trainer at the CircoBats Community Circus. As a dedicated performer and coach, her talents spread far and wide, however Alex specialises in trapeze, aerial silks, duo silks and duo acrobatics. “Creative, determined and passionate” are three words that perfectly encapsulate Alex’s personality as a circus artist.

 

 Tasma Jefferies

Tasma began performing in the circus arts when she was nine years old and has a strong background in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Her love and passion for the stage saw her leave the gymnasium and she has been involved in circus ever since. Her first public performance was in Music Box Circus in 2006, where she thoroughly enjoyed performing as a doll and a monkey in a barrel! After making her debut to the stage, Tasma has been featured in various performances around Adelaide, including Happy Birthday Circus (2008), Lazy Circus (2009), Grandma’s Dream Garden (2010), Circus of the Seven Seas (2014), and Spaced Out (2016). As a member of VI Circus, Tasma has also performed in Trapped (2015-2016) and High Tea With Burl Esque (2017). Her favourite performance experience was when she was an acrobatic sheep in Lazy Circus (evidently she has a talent for being cast as abstract characters!).

 

Tasma has been involved in CircoBats since its inception in 2008, and had performed alongside Alex and Zoe as a part of Franky’s youth performance group, Little Bats, since 2004. Tasma is a dedicated trainer at CircoBats, and thoroughly enjoys working with the passionate young people that are the CircoBats Performance Troupe. Whilst Tasma enjoys all aspects of circus, she is particularly drawn to group acrobatics and hat manipulation. “Creative, passionate and stubborn” are three words that perfectly summarise Tasma as an individual and as a circus artist.

 

 

 Sam Matthewman

Sam began circus at the early age of 9, and after learning to ride a unicycle decided to expand his knowledge in the circus arts. Inspired by his older brother, Sam began taking circus classes, and his first performance was an end of year skill demonstration at Cirkidz in 2006, where he performed on globe and mini-trampoline. Since then, Sam has become heavily involved in local community circus group, CircoBats, and has grown to become a dedicated, passionate and inspiring performer and trainer. Sam has been involved in various CircoBats performances, including Young Star Circus (2014- Singapore) and Circus of the Seven Seas (2014 & 2016), and is also a part of Vertical Insanity Circus. With VI Circus, Sam has performed in Trapped (2015-2016), Try Again (2016-2017) and High Tea With Burl Esque (2017).

 

His speciality areas include duo acrobatics, duo silks and poi, and Sam thoroughly enjoys the profound connections he is able to form through these disciplines and the high level of focus and tranquillity he obtains. If he had to describe himself using three words, they would be: “playful, resourceful and flexible”.

 

 Persia Janzen

A talented and well-seasoned dancer, Persia began training and performing circus in 2011, where she performed with Circobats in Cirque du Gymnastic. Since then, Persia has been involved in various gigs and performances, including Circus of the Seven Seas (2014 & 2016), Young Star Circus (2014) and Spaced Out (2016). As a part of VI Circus, Persia has also performed in Trapped (2016), Mortal Sins (2016) and High Tea With Burl Esque (2017). Her favourite performance experience was when several members of the CircoBats Performance Troupe were invited to perform Young Star Circus in Singapore (2014). Enthralled by the number of people watching and their enthusiasm towards the performance, Persia has continued to evolve her talents in circus and has grown to become a talented and dedicated performer and trainer.

 

Persia is always willing to attempt new skills and experiment with different disciplines, however finds hula-hoop the most enjoyable, as she is able to formulate her own unique style. She also relishes in the challenges posed by aerial silks and aims to improve her abilities on this difficult apparatus! When asked to describe herself using three words, there were simply too many to choose from, however eventually said “commonsensical, bold and artistic”. 

 

  Zoe Charman

Zoe began her journey in the world of circus from the moment she was born, and along with her elder sister, Alex, has been inspired and motivated by the passion of her mother, Franky, to pursue circus for her entire life. Whilst circus is extremely important to Zoe, her first official public performance was an end of year dance concert when she was only two years old! Since then, Zoe has involved herself in countless performances, including Music Box Circus (2007), Happy Birthday Circus (2008), Lazy Circus (2009), Grandma’s Dream Garden (2010), Circus of the Seven Seas (2014), Young Star Circus (2014) and Spaced Out (2016). As a part of VI Circus, Zoe has also performed in Trapped (2015-2016) and High Tea With Burl Esque (2017). One of her favourite performance memories was in Happy Birthday Circus, when she holding on to a big bunch of balloons and was flown into the air by a harness: the ultimate childhood dream!

 

Zoe has been involved in CircoBats since it’s inception in 2008 and is an active, enthusiastic and dedicated trainer and performer. She enjoys various aspects of circus, however specialises in unicycle, hula-hoop, rolla-bolla and aerial ring. Three words that capture Zoe’s personality as a performer and as an individual are “confident, eccentric and unique”. 

 

 

Vashti Janzen: Administrator 

Vashti was drawn into the circus arts by the passion of her daughter, Persia Janzen. After watching CircoBats’ 2010 performance Grandma’s Dream Garden, Persia became heavily involved in the CircoBats Performance Troupe, and Vashti really had no choice but to get involved too! Since then, Vashti has gone on to become a pillar in CircoBats operations and for the last six years has worked tirelessly in the administration, organisation and promotion of CircoBats’ activities. Whilst Vashti’s personal experience in circus is not extensive, she was the Baton Twirling Junior Champion of Great Britain in 1980!

Vashti thoroughly enjoys watching young people do circus and finds it very inspiring to see their skills grow and expand. Vashti has dedicated much of her time and energy into ensuring CircoBats succeeds in all its endeavours, and for that we cannot thank her enough. When asked to describe herself in three words, Vashti sees herself as “loyal, irreverent and creative (but not in a circus way!)”