Flying high: Learning aerial circus arts

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) “I bought a one way ticket, and joined the circus.”

Caitlin Francis, WDBJ7

Lynsey Wyatt went to the Dominican Republic when she was 16 years old. But it’s not what you might think.

“Contemporary circus arts, it’s really about stage performance, and exploring how to use circus arts like aerial arts, physical acrobatics to express stories,” Wyatt said.

Think Cirque du Soleil.

She does partner acrobatics and the flying trapeze, but the aerial silks are where her passion lies. And she’s bringing her skills and experience to Roanoke through her studio, Cirqulation.

“Here I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to build a community that’s very tightknit. And it’s really about empowering people through not just the athleticism that this requires, but also through the artistry,” she said.

“Is this something that people should be intimidated by?” asked Caitlin Francis.

“I love this question. I’m so passionate about making this an approachable apparatus and I think it really depends on how you teach it. This is a progressive curriculum that I’ve adapted that I’ve spent years developing. You start from the ground up,” Wyatt responded.

But Wyatt says there’s a quick learning curve, and all you really need is to show up. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Lynsey Wyatt through her studio, Cirqulation, in Downtown Roanoke.

You can find her on facebook at @cirqulationstudio and her studio is located at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Ave. Roanoke. You can contact her at and if you’re interested in learning more, there are 6-week intro aerial courses available.