Circus Up Team

Circus Up Team


Administrative Assistant and Youth Instructor

Abbi Wilson is excited to be working with Circus Up! She is a graduate student at Boston College and is studying macro social work practice. She recently graduated from Hampshire College studying public health and performing arts and went on to serve for a year with Americorps, working at an after school program...


Youth Instructor

Alissa Feller has experience in modern dance, Ashtanga yoga, and capoiera. Alissa moved to Boston in 2018 after living in Konstanz, Germany for 4 years. She is excited to join the exuberant circus community here in Boston. When Alissa is not teaching or preforming she is hiding in the woods or being a mama to her baby boy!


Youth Instructor

Caroline Wright took to the air before she could walk, climbing curtains, furniture and anything else she could crawl to. She spent her early teens performing with Flying Gravity Circus, a youth troupe dedicated to helping other Waldorf schools start their own circus programs...


Youth Instructor

Latoya Okundaye has been a Circus Up student for the past two years and is excited to continue her training while working as an assistant coach. Born in Nigeria, Latoya came to the U.S. in 2017 and is currently based in Boston. She loves duo trapeze, tumbling, aerial silks, and contortion...


Youth Instructor

Laura Kathrein is Boston/New England-based educator, community organizer, and movement artist. She began her career as a teacher and dancer while training extensively in a pre-professional ballet school in her hometown of Chicago. Dance has continued as a thread, weaving her various professional experiences in outdoor adventure, natural sciences, fine arts, and dance together. She completed her M. Ed. in Community Arts with a specialization in Multicultural Education at Lesley University...


Founder, Executive Director, Co-Chair of the Board

Leah Abel is Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Head Instructor of Circus Up, a Boston-based social circus program. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Simmons College and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Leah also (surprisingly) completed her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School...


Youth Instructor

Lucia Cassan has been training in circus arts for more than 5 years, and loves every second of it! Her specialties are rope, silks, and wire.
Lucia grew up in Boston and has loved being active ever since she could walk. She began dancing ballet, yet discovered that circus was her true calling. Now, Lucia is a professional aerialist and belly dancer and is currently a teacher at Commonwealth Circus Center...


Youth Instructor

Tara Talland grew up in Cambridge, MA. Her background is in ballet, but after 13 years of training she shifted focus to circus arts. Along with teaching at Circus Up!, she has also been an aerials coach at Beaver Country Day School’s Summer Camp Circus program in Chestnut Hill, MA, and Circus Glory Trapeze School in London, England....

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