The Cirque Aria Team
Director, Coach Fabric 1 & 2
Coach, Intro to Aerials, 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.
Coach, Horizontal Apparatus, Handstands
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.
Manager, Coach, Aerialist
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 could train every day, teach herself silks, and grow the confidence she was lacking. Since then 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.
Maria “Cris” Morrell
Founder, Chief Instigator/Cat Herder