Kate Mills began aerials in 2009, having never much enjoyed physical activity of any sort. Circus was different. She found that circus arts were challenging and accessible to people of all abilities and that a supportive circus environment strengthens the body while building creativity and character.
Finding ways to bring circus to more folks of all means and working in a socially conscience environment were her guiding beliefs when she started Circus Up with Leah Abel in 2014. Mills is no acrobat, but her desire to see a Boston-based circus initiative inspired her to work with Leah in those early days helping with odds and ends, keeping the books, and studying the principles of Social Circus because she believes in the power of community and community projects.
Mills, who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University, has founded an art gallery, owned a bicycle repair shop, and been an instructor of many things for almost a decade. Mills has a strong belief in safety in circus and is First Aid certified through the American Red Cross, Mental Health First Aid certified through Mental Health First Aid USA, and has attended safety in aerial rigging instruction through Barry Cordage Ltd. Mills has completed Playmaker 101 training and has an Attestation of Collegial Studies in Recreational and Social Circus through the National Circus School in Montreal's Instructor Training Program.