We are so excited to share some of Louisville’s finest performing arts. We have an amazing group of artists who are willing to share their passion through being a part of our Christmas Eve Experience. Below, you can read about them and learn more about their art.

 

CirqueLouis

We are a nonprofit (501c3) dedicated to enhanced circus arts training and bringing forth contemporary circus theatre.

Our Vision: To provide our community experiential circus arts through exceptional training and professional contemporary circus theatre.
Our Mission: Connecting and entertaining our community.
Our Purpose: To provide our community experiential circus arts. 
Did you know we’re a Compassionate Company?  

On January 22, 2016, CirqueLouis declared itself a Compassionate Company and commits itself to the company’s lifetime of compassion. Whether it be through our original cirque theatre productions, events and performances, our social circus/outreach branch or school education – we bring circus arts to our beloved community with meaning.  Come and experience the “Cirque Side” of Louisville with us!

Learn more about CIRQUELOUIS here

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Meet the Team

Ashley Kennedy  - Ashley has been involved with aerial arts since she was a child. At just five years old, she didn’t hesitate a bit when her dad swung her from the cradle, an apparatus 20 feet off the ground. From that point forward, she was addicted. With a gymnastics and diving background, Ashley performs both in the air and on the ground as a hand-balancer. Her entire family was a circus family for years, and she is continuing that tradition with her two daughters, Charlotte and Helen. In fact, Charlotte (5 years old) is performing a mother/daughter duo in this production. Ashley is thrilled to share the stage with her.

Ashley Kennedy - Ashley has been involved with aerial arts since she was a child. At just five years old, she didn’t hesitate a bit when her dad swung her from the cradle, an apparatus 20 feet off the ground. From that point forward, she was addicted. With a gymnastics and diving background, Ashley performs both in the air and on the ground as a hand-balancer. Her entire family was a circus family for years, and she is continuing that tradition with her two daughters, Charlotte and Helen. In fact, Charlotte (5 years old) is performing a mother/daughter duo in this production. Ashley is thrilled to share the stage with her.

Lynley Elliott  - Born fourth into a performing family, Lynley has spent her whole life involved in the circus. She first became part of Turners Circus as an infant, and in 2008 stepped in as Circus Director. Through her leadership and vision, she helped initiate the transformation of the over 65 year old program into the year round training and performance entity that it is today.  Lynley has been instrumental in bringing new apparatus into Turners Circus, as she did in 2008 with the introduction of Silks and in 2014 with the creation of Chadelyra, increasing her own 30+ year repertoire of Static, Flying and Triple Trapeze, Casting, Lyra, Teeterboard, Swinging Ladders, Cradle, Spanish Webs, Adagio and Acro-Balance.  In May of 2015 she joined forces with her former cheer partner and Trapeze/Chandelyra doubles partner, Abbie Springer, and others to form CirqueLouis in order to continue challenging the status quo by supporting new ideas, acts and concepts within the Louisville circus arts community.

Lynley Elliott - Born fourth into a performing family, Lynley has spent her whole life involved in the circus. She first became part of Turners Circus as an infant, and in 2008 stepped in as Circus Director. Through her leadership and vision, she helped initiate the transformation of the over 65 year old program into the year round training and performance entity that it is today.

Lynley has been instrumental in bringing new apparatus into Turners Circus, as she did in 2008 with the introduction of Silks and in 2014 with the creation of Chadelyra, increasing her own 30+ year repertoire of Static, Flying and Triple Trapeze, Casting, Lyra, Teeterboard, Swinging Ladders, Cradle, Spanish Webs, Adagio and Acro-Balance.

In May of 2015 she joined forces with her former cheer partner and Trapeze/Chandelyra doubles partner, Abbie Springer, and others to form CirqueLouis in order to continue challenging the status quo by supporting new ideas, acts and concepts within the Louisville circus arts community.

Charolette Kennedy  - Though Charlotte has performed in two Turners Circus shows, this is her debut CirqueLouis performance. At only 5 years old, she is already flying high on the trapeze. Her parents, Ross and Ashley, could not be more proud of her!

Charolette Kennedy - Though Charlotte has performed in two Turners Circus shows, this is her debut CirqueLouis performance. At only 5 years old, she is already flying high on the trapeze. Her parents, Ross and Ashley, could not be more proud of her!

Abbie Springer  - Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, Abbie moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra and completed her instructional training through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts).  Abbie has appeared with her family in the annual Turners Circus spring production since 2009 and she has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions of  Bootleg “Untapped”  (2015),  A Midsummer Night’s Circus  (2016),  Pinocchio  (2016),  East of the Sun  (2017), and  Kaleidoscope  (2017),  "Happy Birthday!" (2018)  and now  "Gravity's Varieties"  at Kentucky Center .  Abbie is also a part of CirqueLouis’ event performance troupe appearing at prestigious venues all over the city  Founding CirqueLouis in 2015 has been part of her calling to share the circus arts with the Louisville community and Abbie believes fiercely in CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a strong circus arts community here in Louisville through contemporary circus theater, high-level training, and social circus outreach. Abbie’s other passion lies with spending time with her husband Adam and her three children Annabelle, Aeson, and Abram.

Abbie Springer - Growing up in Kansas City, Mo, Abbie moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra and completed her instructional training through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts).

Abbie has appeared with her family in the annual Turners Circus spring production since 2009 and she has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and now "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. Abbie is also a part of CirqueLouis’ event performance troupe appearing at prestigious venues all over the city

Founding CirqueLouis in 2015 has been part of her calling to share the circus arts with the Louisville community and Abbie believes fiercely in CirqueLouis’ vision of creating a strong circus arts community here in Louisville through contemporary circus theater, high-level training, and social circus outreach. Abbie’s other passion lies with spending time with her husband Adam and her three children Annabelle, Aeson, and Abram.

Jordan Clark  - Jordan Clark, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience.  After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand balancing act in over 20 counties as well as at sea.  Jordan is excited to be back in his hometown and see the circus community growing here. He looks forward to continuing to share the magic of circus with this city.

Jordan Clark - Jordan Clark, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience.

After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand balancing act in over 20 counties as well as at sea.

Jordan is excited to be back in his hometown and see the circus community growing here. He looks forward to continuing to share the magic of circus with this city.

Lee Mai  - Lee is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “ Untapped ” (2015) and Puck in “ A Midsummer Night’s Circus”  (2016) and major roles in  Pinocchio  (2016),  East of the Sun  (2017), and  Kaleidoscope  (2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018)  and now  "Gravity's Varieties"  at Kentucky Center .  In addition to performing, Lee is also the Outreach Director of CirqueLouis’ educational branch and Social Circus program. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.

Lee Mai - Lee is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Circus” (2016) and major roles in Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017),"Happy Birthday!" (2018) and now "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center. In addition to performing, Lee is also the Outreach Director of CirqueLouis’ educational branch and Social Circus program. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.

Leighane Pusateri -  Leighann is a native Louisvillian. At age 3, she began gymnastics classes at Louisville Turners, which had an annual circus performance every March. As she progressed through 13 years of competitive gymnastics, she continued to performing. In addition to tumbling and acrobalancing inherent to gymnastics, she has also trained extensively in the aerial arts and has recently added stilting and fire eating to her repertoire. Over the years she has performed in various productions and events with Louisville Turners Circus and CirqueLouis including their recent productions of Bootleg “ Untapped “ (2015), " A Midsummer Night’s Circus"  (2016), " Pinocchio " (2016),  "East of the Sun"  (2017), " Kaleidoscope"  (2017),  "Happy Birthday!" (2018)  and now  "Gravity's Varieties"  at Kentucky Center . . When not performing or working at her day job teaching, Leighann enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and son Sal.

Leighane Pusateri -

Leighann is a native Louisvillian. At age 3, she began gymnastics classes at Louisville Turners, which had an annual circus performance every March. As she progressed through 13 years of competitive gymnastics, she continued to performing. In addition to tumbling and acrobalancing inherent to gymnastics, she has also trained extensively in the aerial arts and has recently added stilting and fire eating to her repertoire. Over the years she has performed in various productions and events with Louisville Turners Circus and CirqueLouis including their recent productions of Bootleg “Untapped“ (2015), "A Midsummer Night’s Circus" (2016), "Pinocchio" (2016), "East of the Sun" (2017), "Kaleidoscope" (2017), "Happy Birthday!" (2018) and now "Gravity's Varieties" at Kentucky Center.. When not performing or working at her day job teaching, Leighann enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and son Sal.

Carter Webb - As a dancer, Carter has been performing since the age of four. She has lived in both Louisville and Chicago and trained in various dance styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Modern. Carter was introduced to her first aerial apparatus in 2012; Pole. She fell in love with aerial arts, taking her first class at Louisville Turners in the summer of 2013. Since then, Carter has performed on Silks, Pole, Aerial Pole, Lyra, Spanish Web, Hammock, Ladders, Aerial Sphere, and Aerial Pole Silks with Turners Circus, Suspend Louisville, Sora Aerial Arts, and CirqueLouis.  Carter has participated in multiple non-profit organizations and boards across Louisville and has a passion for promotions and branding. She joined CirqueLouis as the Marketing and PR Director in January, 2016 as a perfect hybrid of her loves of circus and volunteerism. Outside of circus, you can find Carter working as a Management Consultant and an Adjunct Professor or spending time with her husband, Michael, while traveling on outdoor adventures.

Carter Webb - As a dancer, Carter has been performing since the age of four. She has lived in both Louisville and Chicago and trained in various dance styles, including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, and Modern. Carter was introduced to her first aerial apparatus in 2012; Pole. She fell in love with aerial arts, taking her first class at Louisville Turners in the summer of 2013. Since then, Carter has performed on Silks, Pole, Aerial Pole, Lyra, Spanish Web, Hammock, Ladders, Aerial Sphere, and Aerial Pole Silks with Turners Circus, Suspend Louisville, Sora Aerial Arts, and CirqueLouis.

Carter has participated in multiple non-profit organizations and boards across Louisville and has a passion for promotions and branding. She joined CirqueLouis as the Marketing and PR Director in January, 2016 as a perfect hybrid of her loves of circus and volunteerism. Outside of circus, you can find Carter working as a Management Consultant and an Adjunct Professor or spending time with her husband, Michael, while traveling on outdoor adventures.

Annabelle Springer -  A regular circus performer since age 3, Annabelle is a Ball Walker, Acro-Balancer and budding aerialist and stilter who performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. When not balancing on circus props, Annabelle devours books and loves challenging herself with computer and math skills, cheers for East Oldham Middle School and dances for Gillmans Dance Studio/MAGIC Dance in the yearly production of “Nutcracker In A Nutshell”.

Annabelle Springer -

A regular circus performer since age 3, Annabelle is a Ball Walker, Acro-Balancer and budding aerialist and stilter who performs with both CirqueLouis and Turners Circus. When not balancing on circus props, Annabelle devours books and loves challenging herself with computer and math skills, cheers for East Oldham Middle School and dances for Gillmans Dance Studio/MAGIC Dance in the yearly production of “Nutcracker In A Nutshell”.


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Northeast Worship

Born from a desire to respond to the ways they have witnessed God move in their community, Northeast worship is the musical expression of Northeast Christian Church.  Their single, "Be Not Afraid" is available now everywhere you listen to music. The music collective from Northeast Christian featuring Aaron Crane, Corbin Marshall, Missy Marshall, Trevor Marshall, and Lindsay McKenzie.


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Jason Clayborn

Grammy Nominated songwriter, Dove Award Winner, Stellar Award Nominee, Leader of Jay and The Team, Praise and Worship Leader St. Stephen Baptist Church.

Follow on Facebook @jason.clayborn


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Jamie Stocker

Jamie Stocker is a Louisville native, born and raised in Crestwood, KY. She was a four year member of the nationally recognized University of Kentucky Pom Squad, and a five year member of the Southeast staff for Universal Dance Association, traveling across the Eastern U.S. to teach college and high school dance camps. After college, Jamie studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She currently teaches contemporary jazz at The Dancer's Pointe in Pewee Valley. Jamie lives in Crestwood with her husband, Brian, and their four children. She has been a stakeholder of NECC since 2011.


The Bhangaz Breakdancing Crew

The Bhangaz have been performing together for about 8 years. They bring energy, light, love and happiness to everything they do.

Christian Black

Christian Black

Lamar Young

Lamar Young

Shyjaun Davis

Shyjaun Davis

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Jecorey “1200” Arthur

Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning music educator, composer, producer, performer, and community organizer from West Louisville, KY. He earned his BME and MAT in Music Education at the University of Louisville while studying percussion with Dr. Greg Byrne. As an educator he has taught music to thousands of students in Jefferson County Public Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, Cabbage Patch Settlement House, and many other youth organizations.

As a performer he has played Forecastle Festival and New York City’s 92nd Street Y, as well as stages with the Louisville Orchestra, Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and Oregon Symphony.

As a community organizer he has produced countless events that range from the pop-up art and music plaza ReSurfaced to the grand reopening of the Speed Art Museum. Arthur is currently the Music Education Manager for 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the IMAN Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, and serves as the Executive Director for Athiri, a nonprofit he founded where artists lead youth in service-learning.

Follow 1200 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC