|James Schubert is the founder and director of The Acrofabulous Circus.
He first became involved with circus arts in 1997 at The Actor's Gymnasium in Evanston, where he completed their
Certification Program in 2001. He then began high flying trapeze with Julio and Gloria of The Flying Gaona's,
and later became an instructor at their gym. Concurrently James trained with Sports
Acrobatics Coach, Nourbol Meirmanov, and maintains his membership as a Sports Acrobatics team member.
He also volunteered and worked instructing for CircEsteem and The Chicago Youth Circus for several years.
Beginning in 2002, James began creating and directing a new children's circus summer camp for the Skokie
Park District which has enjoyed outstanding success! James holds a degree in Germanic Studies from the
University of Illinois as well as a BFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.
He has also been in several independent circus performances, vaudeville shows, theatre performances,
TV commercials, dance collaborations and has an extensive history of musical performance starting from
a very young age.
|Dharmesh Bhagat introduces juggling into his and others' lives as much as he can.
He performs as a juggler regularly, and among many other things, has done performances with the Midnight Circus,
Acrofabulous Circus, and Vaudeville Underground in addition to working as a freelance performer around the Chicago area.
He has also taught for the Chicago Youth Circus and Circ Esteem.
||Amy Chen received extensive ballet training as a child at
the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova methods. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and
Marine Engineering, and more recently a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Amy began her study of trapeze in 2001, and also studies acrobatics with Nourbol Meirmanov. Amy has taught circus-arts with Circesteem, and The Adler Danztheatre and currently teaches for
The Acrofabulous Circus, Joel Hall Dance Center and The Skokie Park District. In her free time, Amy is an intellectual property lawyer and breaths fire.
|David Chervony hones the mad circus skills! He's been learning and practicing
circus arts since the tender age of eight! He's been in over a dozen theatrical
productions, several film productions, and of course, many circus productions for
Acrofabulous, or other special events. David's focus on the Diabolo (a Chinese yo-yo),
has made him the focal point of several workshops, birthdays, events or other performances.
David is in the class of 2009 at Niles West High School, where he presides as the president
of their juggling club.
|Laura DeGood began practicing circus arts at the Actor's Gymnasium in 1996 when she was nine years old.
While having a strong foundation in ground work (tumbling, unicycling, sports acrobatics, etc) she specializes in
aerial work. Laura began flying trapeze at the age of 15 under the instruction of Julio and Gloria Gaona of the
Flying Gaona's Gym, and is currently a teacher there. She is now attending the University of California at Santa Barbara pursuing her B.A. in
Sociocultural Linguistics and French minor.
|Lindsey Dorcus took her first aerial arts class in
2006 at the Actor's Gym and quickly fell head-over-heels in love with the
circus. After four years of training, she began teaching and performing with
Acrofabulous in summer 2010, focusing mainly on aerial silks, trapeze, lyra,
and clowning. Lindsey graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a BA
in Theatre, and left NU with experience in acting, directing, teaching, and
adapting. She also taught Creative Drama to children at the Wilmette Theatre
and Haven Middle School. Recently, she performed multiple aerial fabric routines
in the 6 hour epic The Ring Cycle at The Building Stage in Chicago. She has also worked
as an actor or clown with the Strawdog Theatre, Filament Ensemble, Redmoon, Next
Theatre, and many others. Teaching with Acrofabulous has been an absolute joy for her,
and she loves seeing her students achieve things they thought were impossible! Her
students and peers continue to inspire her as she experiments with the art form and
grows as a teaching artist.
|Rachel Dubrow found her way to The Acrofabulous Circus with her multitude of relative talents in theater, comedy, dance,
acrobatics, gymnastics, children's programs and more. She Joins Acrofabulous in several capacities, including
performing, teaching, producing, and directing.
With a strong focus on the aerial arts, such as trapeze and lyra, Rachel has hit the stage in a variety of circus
productions with passion, exhibiting her natural abilities and showmanship. Most recently, she was the assistant
director for the Skokie Park District's locally famous Circus Camp, where she was part of directing two different casts
of 48 children in their own circus production. She does this on a regular basis too! At Starland Creativity Center in
Deerfield, IL, Rachel has been cranking out fabulous theatrical productions with all-youth casts, in addition to making
hundreds of kids very happy in celbrating their birthdays.
|Pete Erickson Pete Erickson first started circus arts at the age of 11 at the Actor's Gymnasium after being a competitive gymnast in Wilmette, IL from the age of eight. At the age of 13 he started training with circus and sports acrobatics coach, Nourbol Meirmanov, and later joined Nourbol's team as a Men's Pair flyer, and then again as the flyer for his 4-man team. Having tasted flying trapeze with The Flying Gaonas at the age of 12, he moved on to work for them by the time he was 18. All along, Pete performed shows for Meirmanov's Sports Acrobatics, The Flying Gaonas, Vaudeville Underground, The Acrofabulous Circus, Circus Juventus and at numerous other special events. In 2007 and 2008 Pete cheered for The University of Minnesota, and ranked 8th in the UCA National Competition. He also appeared on the stage of Ballet Legere's Nutcracker as the Harlequin. Pete's key talents remain in the acrobatic world, including floor tumbling, trampoline, Russian Bar, hand balancing, adagio, flying trapeze and cheerleading, yet he is also skilled in juggling, unicycle, diabolo and physical comedy. Pete graduated from New Trier High School in 2007, and is pursuing his college degree in Chicago.
|Jake Ganellen Jake entered the world of circus arts when he signed up for
flying trapeze lessons with The Flying Gaona's in Chicago at the age of 11, and before he could turn twelve
he was on the stage performing static double trapeze. Currently an accomplished and medaled gymnast and Niles
West Class of 2009, Jake's interest in acrobatics take him beyond the world of a gymnastics studio. In the
snow-capped mountains of any region of the world, Jake can be found speeding down a black-diamond trail on
his snowboard, or riding the trick-course terrain. His thirst for adreanaline cannot
be quenched. Additionally, Jake has skilled himself with a wide variety of circus arts such as the rolling
globe, juggling, poi, fire-poi, acrobatics and diabolo. Jake spends his summers working at the Acrofabulous directed Skokie Park District Circus Camp as an Aerial & Tumbling Specialist.
|Alyssa Petrovna S. loves to speak russian to her parrot while in a handstand on a trapeze.
Well, not quite, but she is well versed in floor acrobatics including handbalancing and flexibility, thanks to her coach, Nourbol Meirmanov,
and has a number of years of static trapeze training under her belt. She also speaks russian, and has attended both The Russian
State Univeristy for Humanities in Moscow Russia, and graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin.
|Eric Robinson entered the world of circus arts by starting with sports acrobatics and gymnastics in 2003 when he met coach, Nourbol Meirmanov, in Chicago, IL. He quickly joined Meirmanov's Chicago Sports Acrobatics Team as a base for the 4-man team that went on to win two Gold Medals in the Regional and National U.S. Sports Acrobatics Competitions. At the same time, he was introduced to circus arts at The Acrofabulous Circus and put his talents to work at the Acrofabulous directed Circus Summer Camp with The Skokie Park District in 2005. Eric then trained with the Flying Gaonas as a catcher starting in 2006, where he also worked as a catcher at the Gaona's public trapeze classes. Eric graduated from Corliss High School in 2006, and both attended and worked for the Gallery 37 AAEP Program. Presently as a gymnastics coach, Eric works at Maywood Fine Arts in Maywood, as well as for Lakeshore Gymnastics Academy in Chicago. Eric is also a performer and instructor for The Acrofabulous Circus. Eric has also performed with MSA Circus Arts, Pacific Island Productions and Forms in Motion. Eric is the graduating class of 2010 from East West University in Chicago earning his BA in Graphic Design and Computer Science.