Corey Souza is owner & operator of S-Connection, LLC and artistic director of S-Connection Aerial Arts and AscenDance. With a background in contemporary dance and choreography, Souza recently completed her PhD in cultural anthropology with a focus on performances of nationalism, race and gender found in Brazilian samba and carnival. Souza was first introduced to cirque arts while researching Brazilian samba and capoeira in Salvador, Bahia in 2005. She specializes in aerial silks and trapezes, and teaches and performs a variety of dance cirque apparatus including samba, equestrian vaulting and flying trapeze.
Andy Smith is a California native and professional acrobat and performer. He has spent the last 8 years performing, teaching, and choreographing all over the world! He has landed in Gainesville to share his expertise on the flying trapeze as the manager for S-Connection’s brand new flying trapeze program!
Becca Burton teaches hoop, aerial fitness, and occasionally, mixed apparatus. She is a member of AscenDance, and performs with multiple hoops, double and single lyra, trapeze, and triple trapeze. When not working with cirque arts, she works at Florida Sea Grant and is co-founder of The Renaissance Woman..
Monica Vélez hails from Medellin, Colombia, where she is an instructor at Academia Poledanzarte. Monica specializes in pole dance, but also teaches aerial fitness and aerial yoga. Additionally, she has performed on lyra and silks.
Gryphon Wulfkil discovered aerial arts and her love for circus in 2012, and since then has been immersed in circus life. She has traveled and trained many places, including San Francisco’s Clown Conservatory and New England Center for Circus Art’s Intensive Professional Training Program. She specializes in aerial silks, and her active interests include partner acrobatics, pole, clowning, and equestrian circus.
Marc Shahboz teaches Ninja Fitness and enjoys flying through the air and the challenge circus training offers. He has a background in rock climbing, martial arts, swing dancing and swimming. Additionally, Marc has been a competitor on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and continues to train for ninja competitions. Marc is the lead professor in Santa Fe College’s Digital Media BAS program and coaches swimming here in Gainesville.
Geraecka Lyonns is a veteran mama, jazz singer, a Certified Professional Midwife and Certified Yoga Instructor. Raised in Germany and the US, she spent 13 years training as a classical ballerina, both nationally and abroad. She has been teaching yoga to kids and adults off and on for over 15 years, and began training in the aerial arts in Argentina in 2014. Now, officially hooked on learning and teaching aerial and circus arts, she is delighted to be a part of the S-connection family.
Isabella Cox brings her love of dance to the floor with her passion for Ballet. A Gainesville native Isabella trained with Pofahl Studio’s and Dance Alive! When she is not dancing she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Florida