The Cirque Aria Team

Daniela Saurez

 Coach, Aerialist, Lyra 2, Fabric 1


Daniela Saurez is an accomplished aerial coach and circus arts enthusiast with a passion for teaching and performing. With eight years of experience in the field, she has honed her skills in various disciplines, including pole, silks, lyra, and flexibility training. 

While traveling as a military spouse, Daniela had the privilege of working at Disney World as a character performer, where she combined her circus skills with her love for entertaining audiences of all ages. Her time at Disney provided invaluable experience in performing under pressure and engaging with a wide range of spectators.

Daniela is known for her expertise in pole, silks, lyra, and flexibility training. Her extensive knowledge in these disciplines enables her to cater to students of all levels, from beginners seeking to build strength and confidence to advanced performers refining their techniques. She creates a supportive and encouraging environment in her classes, empowering her students to explore their capabilities and reach new heights.

Dessany Romero

Studio Manager, Coach


Dessany Romero has been a lifelong lover of the performing arts. As a young girl, she dreamed of being a performer but didn’t know how it would happen.

In 2018 Dessany was introduced to aerial silks working at Artemov Gymnastics. There she trained every day, taught herself silks, and grew the confidence she was lacking. Now, she studies Aerial & Circus Arts every day she can. She has received training from Carrie Heller (board member of American Circus Educators & co-founder of American Youth Circus Organization), Dara Minkin, and other local circus performers.

In 2021 Dessany and her Husband performed every weekend on aerial silks and trapeze at Paramour Rooftop Bar in San Antonio, Tx. doing solo and duo acts together. She has worked for entertainment companies such as Aqua Acro, Breakthrough Entertainment, DFNTLY Entertainment, and Lateremore Productions 

Mrs. Romero now has 8 years of experience in personal training and nutritional guidance. She has been certified to coach levels 1-3 gymnastics, NASM CPT, and an ACE sports nutrition specialist. She received Aerial Teacher Training from the Institute of Circus Arts in Atlanta, GA. She is certified in their Circus Arts Therapy program and an E-200 YTT from Circasana. She is currently training contortion under Amy Goh ( IG: missinkblot). Dessany also does professional stilt walking and is in the 1-minute handstand club and lovessss teaching mat pilates.

Dessany is so excited to be at Cirque Aria to share everything she has learned to help every student feel successful in their bodies and the art they create.

Jamiza Dar

Coach, Advance Fabric, Rope & Trapeze


With the pain of this moment of FOMO festering deep within his psyche, Josh spent the next two decades of his life playing video games, doing parkour, and singing Dashboard Confessional songs really, really loudly, in a foolhardy quest to never feel like he was missing out on something again. Eventually he found the circus, and his acrobatic life’s course was corrected.

He is a regular collaborator with Stars and Garters Burlesque, and was a company member and studio director in San Antonio’s first professional circus studio and school, Aerial Horizon, until it closed permanently in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He still performs music, most often with his band Royal Flush and The Jacks of All Trades, and he plays Monster Hunter way more often than he should (he has the Fatalis armor to prove it).

Sometimes he writes extremely short fiction. Sometimes he pretends to write extremely short fiction, but it’s actually extremely short non-fiction. Sometimes he just pretends to write. Formally known as Josh.

Tamara Weaver

Coach Lyra 1



Meet Tamara, a dedicated aerial lyra instructor whose passion for aerial arts has been soaring since 2018. Specializing in lyra, Tamara also excels in trapeze and duo lyra and trap, bringing a dynamic versatility to her teaching. As a Licensed Physical Therapist, she integrates a deep understanding of human anatomy and movement principles into her classes, ensuring not only the aesthetic grace but also the safety and physical well-being of her students.

Tamara’s love for aerial arts is matched by her wanderlust; she travels extensively to learn diverse techniques from a myriad of talented instructors. This continuous learning enriches her teaching style, making her classes a blend of international finesse and technical precision.

Beyond the lyra, Tamara shines as a model and an aerial model, embodying the elegance and strength of aerial arts. With her experience in front of the camera, she helps her students to not only perform beautifully but also to carry themselves with poise both on and off the apparatus.

Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your skills, Tamara will guide you through the mesmerizing world of aerials, ensuring that you leave her class not just with new skills but also feeling beautiful and confident in the air.

Windi Andrews

Coach, Silks, Ground Arts


Windi is joining us from Orange County, California! Windi has been practicing Circus Arts since she was 8 years old- performing then and still today! Windi has been teaching circus skills for the past 10 years and has sent her students to professional circus companies.

“Since watching my first circus show in 2000 I decided to fly away with the circus the following year in 2001.

I started in Redlands, California with the YMCA Circus. Now over 20 years later, I even have 3 little monkey’s of my own.

Life is about balance right? Let’s venture life’s balances and defy gravity on unicycle, acro, aerial and all things fun in-between! 🎪”

Maria “Cris” Morrell

Coach, Co-conspirator/Enabler


Maria “Cris” Morrell has been practicing aerial arts for over 8 years. She is a U.S. Air Force Veteran who discovered the Aerial Silks in an attempt to work out without the standard workout routine. Finding former Aerial Horizon owner, Julia Langenberg, online she began her Aerial Silks training and aerial arts safety in 2013. She fell in love with creating and performing routines that motivate people to move, gasp, and become entranced. This love led her to competing in Capital of Texas Aerial Competition in 2018 where she won Novice Audience Choice and Best Novice Silks. She continued her creation of routines by joining Aerial Horizon’s Student Company in 2018. She continues creating and believes in constant learning in every aspect. She begins her aerial arts teaching here at Cirque Aria to help other’s discover their own love for aerial arts.

Angela Sanchez

Founder, Chief Instigator/Cat Herder



Hi I’m Angela and I’m the founder of Cirque Aria! I’ve been training aerial silks for about nine years now first with Julia Langenberg at Aerial Horizon and am now a student at The Aerium with Dara Minkin. Aerials is definitely a passion project for me and my goal is to make this amazing artform as accesible to as many people as possible. When I’m not at the studio you can find me at Jefferson High School where I am a science teacher or at home with my husband David and our passel of cats!