Aerial Horizon’s performers have worked with Cirque du Soleil, SeaWorld, Aerial Dance Chicago, Nimble Arts, Cirque Imagination, and many other prestigious companies. We are innovators of the aerial arts, known for creating original and unique acts on the ground and in the air. Our performers and instructors have collected in San Antonio from across the country to provide our city with the highest level of aerial artistry in the South.
Our instructors are graduates of the New England Center for Circus Arts and have studied with the most well respected national and international coaches. We bring years of professional training and teaching mixed with our own explorations and discoveries to provide our students with top level aerial training and our clients with the most outstanding performances in Texas.
– Founding Artistic Director, Performer, Instructor
Julia Langenberg is a professional aerial performer, choreographer, and instructor, consistently performing for national and international companies for 11 years. She is a two time US Aerial Championship finalist and a highly sought after coach, recently returning from teaching in Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Italy. After dancing on the sides of buildings for several years as a core company member with Blue Lapis Light, Julia became the principal aerialist at SeaWorld San Antonio, where she performed for 3 years above whales and dolphins on silks, lyra, bungee/trapeze, and harness in the shows “VIVA!” and “Azul”
Locally, Julia’s aerial artistry has been commissioned by Luminaria, the San Antonio Zoo, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Convention Center, TEDx, Nimble Arts, MOTH Poetic Circus, and Cirque Imagination. The Artist Foundation of San Antonio awarded Julia two grants, one for an Original Production and the second is the Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence. The organization Awesome SA awarded Julia a grant to create a vertical dance wall in Aerial Horizon’s new studio. Julia serves as a judge for aerial championships/festivals across the US and abroad.
In addition to her performing career, Julia built an aerial community in San Antonio, where none existed before. Her dedication to teaching, performing, and recruiting other professional aerialists to the area, led to the formation of Aerial Horizon LLC, San Antonio’s only professional aerial performance company and school. Julia and her instructors teach hundreds of students every month through Aerial Horizon’s flourishing classes and workshops. Aerial Horizon also performs regularly for corporate, private, and educational events, including opening for ZZ Top at the Alamodome.
Julia is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts, where she mastered aerial fabric, lyra, trapeze, and rope, while expanding her expertise with experience on Chinese pole, acrobatics, tumbling, sling, and an invented ground apparatus called a “halo.” As a dancer, Julia performed with a variety of national modern dance companies and taught all styles of ballroom dance. She earned a vocal scholarship and graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Julia went on to sing with the Austin Lyric Opera and the Grammy nominated choir, Conspirare.
Julia created and taught one of the only college level Aerial Dance courses in the nation Northwest Vista College and she is a guest aerial instructor at St. Olaf College, Palo Alto College, Brownsville Dance Center, Trinity University, and Texas State University. Julia enjoys helping her students transform their lives by conquering their fears and fitness goals and encouraging their airborne creativity.
As the Artistic Director of Aerial Horizon, Julia and her company are known for creating innovative and meaningful art on the ground and in the air. She is truly grateful for her extensive career in the aerial arts and she loves her job!
Elise “Teddy” Sipos
– Assistant Director, Performer, Instructor
Elise Thea Sipos, known to her performing friends as “Teddy,” grew up in the southern bayous of Louisiana. To minimize the damage, her parents put this whirling dervish into dance class at the young age of five. Over the years she has studied modern dance,
In 2011, Teddy moved to Vermont to participate in the Professional Track Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). There she learned more about the technical aspect to her aerial movement and found a new thirst for expanding her circus vocabulary. Her focus for the program was in an invented apparatus, which she calls a Halo, and in acrobatic dance, while strengthening her knowledge in fabric, lyra, and contortion. Teddy completed a residency at NECCA, which produced a duo trapeze act with her trapeze partner, Gwynne Flanagan, and the formation of their group, Forever Marzipan. In 2014, Elise won the Capital of Texas Aerial Championships professional lyra division and in 2015, she won Best Performance of the Night, Best on Apparatus – professional division, and Best Performance – professional division in the Texas Aerial Festival. Presently, Elise is following her passion and enjoying success as a professional aerialist with Girls on Trapeze, Nimble Arts, Cirque Imagination, and full time work as the Assistant Director of Aerial Horizon.
– Performer, Instructor
Caty Mae has earned many national awards as an aerialist including 1st Runner Up in the Lyra Division of the 2015 US Aerial Championships and winner of the 2013 MTPS Lyra Division. She has shared her talents working for major companies and organizations such as Sundance TV, Silk, Dos Equis,
Caty Mae has been involved in circus arts for nearly a decade. She studied in Los Angeles where she explored aerial arts, acting, clowning, contortion, dance, tumbling, and object manipulation. She also studied privately with coaches Rachel Walker, Sarah Steben, and Lilia Stepanova. Caty Mae toured with George Carden Circus International for 3 years, where she performed on silks, lyra, spanish web, riding elephants, and assisting World Record holder Human Cannonball, David Smith Jr.
After relocating to Texas in 2013, she focused on partner acrobatics and toured an act with Lagunitas Brewing Company, the Las Vegas based equestrian production Gladius the Show, and was featured on America’s Got Talent. She is also a brand ambassador and educator for Spin City Fitness Aerial Instructor Training, the creators of the reputable Aerial Hoop Bible, and is the Lyra Director for Pole Sport Organization. Caty has been featured as a judge for aerial competitions such as Aerial Expo, MTPS, and the Southwest Aerial Arts Championships.
Caty is currently teaching and performing for Aerial Horizon, studying dance and costuming, and sharing her passions with the circus arts community.
Marshall Jarreau is a professional dancer and aerialist. He began his dance training in the BFA dance program at the University of Colorado in Boulder and began performing around the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 5 years. Marshall was a top finalist on the first season of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Since then, Marshall has continued to perform in shows and venues across the country, including Miami’s “Orchid.” He also holds licenses to practice massage therapy and to teach Zumba fitness classes. He is currently teaching dance and Zumba classes in the San Antonio area and performing for Aerial Horizon and throughout the US.
- Performer, Instructor, Admin Assistant
Donnesh is a native of San Antonio who stumbled into circus in October 2012 with no prior background in movement, gymnastics, or athletics. It was his enthusiasm and willingness to learn that propelled him in his circus education and quickly brought him to train at NECCA as a student in the Intensive and Advanced Performance Training Programs. For the last two years at NECCA, Donnesh has continued his training on trapeze and lyra, while challenging himself to create new choreography on his invented apparatus, the lyra ladder.
Donnesh is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is studying to become a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.
– Performer, Instructor
Tara Smartnick is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she graduated from the Public Academy for Performing Arts. She began studying dance at the age of three, and holds national titles in Team Dance, Solo Work, and Ballroom Partnering. In 2005 she moved to LA to continue her education in dance with JJ Villar’s, “The Road to Hollywood.”
Tara began to study aerial arts in March of 2012, and believes she has found her true calling. Over the years she has had many opportunities to train, perform, and share her passion for aerial dance. She performed above Pacific White Sided Dolphins and Beluga Whales at SeaWorld San Antonio’s show, “Azul” from 2013 to 2016. Recently, Tara spent a semester in Ireland where she was 1 of 12 participants selected to train with one of Ireland’s biggest aerial dance companies. There she was able to create an act, and refine her artistry on her invented apparatus, an aerial moon. Currently, Tara is a proud company member and instructor with San Antonio’s premier aerial and circus company, Aerial Horizon. She loves sharing the stage and sky with the many talented members of Aerial Horizon, and is grateful to represent the studio where she first discovered her love for aerial arts. Whether it’s dance on the ground, or in the air, Tara enjoys every moment, and hopes to continue this amazing adventure for years to come.
Jenny Been Franckowiak
– Performer, Instructor
Jenny Been Franckowiak is a contemporary dancer and aerialist. Jenny earned a BFA in Modern Dance at the University of Texas, Austin in 1999. She has performed with SpareWorks.dance since its creation in 2006, Georgina Morgan Dance Co., The University of Texas’s Dance Repertory Theatre and attended
– Performer, Outreach Programming, Teaching Assistant
Josh spent much of his childhood training gymnastics, until the age of twelve when he decided that he would rather play the NES classic Battletoads with his friends more than train in a cold gym. Fifteen years later, he realized he’d made a huge mistake, and began an exploration that led him to capoeira, parkour, and the circus.
- Instructor, Aerial Bartender
Sarah Modisette is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts where she focused on aerial fabric, trapeze, and lyra. She has an extensive background in dance and performance. Her love of performance started with ballet at a young age and later became introduced to jazz and modern dance. While performing at SeaWorld San Antonio she became interested in learning circus arts and was introduced to Julia Langenberg,
- Instructor, Teaching Assistant
Christi has traveled the world performing in Israel, theaters, and various theme parks. Many years ago, Christi was originally introduced to aerial fabric in San Antonio with Julia Langenberg, and shortly there after attended the New England Center for Circus Arts. After graduating from NECCA, she moved to New York City to perform, train, and teach. She’s had the pleasure of performing nationally and internationally and has been the aerial coach for Broadway stars!
- Performer, Aerial Rigger, Adjunct Instructor
Cameron Good owns Rogue Aerial Arts, a performing, rigging, and teaching company based out of Houston, Texas. A lifetime of competitive gymnastics led Cameron to find a new way to fill her flipping/upside down daily quota. Focusing mostly on hoop, silks, wall running and dabbling in many other apparatus, Cameron has transferred her knowledge and expertise from gymnastics to performing and teaching in aerial. With a stunt rigging certification attained from the National Academy of Stunt Action and Rigging, she has professionally rigged for countless aerial acts, companies, aerial studios, and theater productions with ZFX Flying Effects across North America and the Caribbean.
Photo credits: Kevin J. Saunders, Saulo Rodriguez, Elsie Smith, Destiny Mata.