Caitlyn Larsson is a jack of all trades, and attempting to become master of a few. She is a flying trapeze and aerial artist, who moonlights as a travel and content writer in her spare time. She received a BFA in theatre and education from New York University and after a brief stint as a professional tour director (If you look out the right side of the bus, you'll see the Statue of Liberty), she discovered and fell in love with circus. After sprinting off to England for a whirlwind training at Circomedia in flying trapeze, aerial arts and acrobatics, Caitlyn became a roving circus vagrant, traveling the globe performing and teaching. Quickly realizing that the wandering circus lifestyle is not always the most lucrative or stable, especially when attempting to keep up with those pesky NYU loans, she fell back on her impeccable grammar and highly praised writing skills to help pay the bills. Now, with a 'work hard and smart' work ethic, Caitlyn balances out her life as a teacher, performer, director and writer with grace and dignity, and only a few harried late nights.
She can be found teaching workshops and performing original circus acts across the country and the globe, all the while enjoying the freedom of writing on the go. She spent 2 years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, employed as the new rig manager for Trapeze School New York, crafting shows for Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan, helping with the inaugural International Circus Festival in PR, and plotting ways to bring Clowns Without Borders to the island. She took some time to galavant around Fiji and New Zealand, attempting to surf and teaching the occasional workshop. There was a stint in San Francisco, meeting colorful West Oakland locals, and the direction of a full length circus show in Dallas before fleeing the country for some rest, relaxation and more workshops in SE Asia and Australia. Currently she can be found traveling the globe, performing and teaching wherever the opportunity arises.
More Merch Coming Soon!
We sold out of 60+ shirts during the last workshop tour, with demand for more! We hear your call, aerialists, and are almost finished with a new batch of test merchandise that will help us discover what clothing is the most popular. The max number of any item is 3, which means almost every piece is completely unique. Stay tuned for more info, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you just can't wait.
The first one woman show has finally happened! What a terrifying thing it is to be on stage for nearly two hours, by yourself, without going in the air at all. And yet, so natural at the same time. If you happen to be in Oz, swing on by Melbourne and see the show.
Fit to Fly July
The second annual Fit to Fly July has arrived! It looks like this has become a thing, so look forward to terribly lovely exercises that help you achieve your circus goals.
Let your jealousy show and give shout outs to all those amazing folks who are able to do what you are still figuring out how to do.
Try As I
When you just can't seem to get it right, share it with the world. Our circus bloopers are what bring us closer together! So hashtag those "nailed it" moments with #tryasimay and join the circus community for a laugh...or cringe, depending on the outcome.
Around the World
A month showcasing the circus talent strewn across the globe, from French aerialists performing in Taipei, to Australian acrobats training in London. Hashtag to share!
Make Something March
Call on the creative juices and make something this March! Be it an act, a costume, a new makeup idea, or writing a book, composing a song, inventing a recipe. Whatever you do, just make something!
Femme Fatale Feb
A month to highlight all the amazing and talented ladies in this industry. Had the pleasure of flying with a few of these ladies - the Wonder Women Flyers - in Melbourne for White Night.
A month for all things that jump, bounce, fall and get air. Bring on the trampoline, tumble track, teeterboard, and anything else you can think of. Get your jump on.
Hawaii, NZ and OZ
Traveling up a storm and having a ball. Workshops in Honolulu and Lahaina, private lessons in NZ, and joining Lennon Bros Circus for a while in OZ, with time for lots of sight seeing and beach handstands in between!
Street Cred December
A whole month celebrating the most amazing and hard core street workouts. Everything from parkour, to bars, to acro. Get creative and get outside!!!
November is all about raising awareness to help support men's health. Just because us ladies don't normally have a moustache is no reason we can't get a little creative!
Fall 2015 Workshop Circuit
I'll be bouncing all over this fall, so check here if you'd like details on all the workshops. I will also be in Las Vegas and San Diego for a hot minute in early November, and can do private lessons by appointment.
A whole month celebrating the incredible beauty, grace and strength of the often over looked male aerialist. So basically, man candy for a whole month. You're welcome.
A whole month of silks related exercises, conditioning, tips and tricks. I hold little love for the fabric and so this month is an effort to make myself train more tissue. Join me for all the joy and burning pain of Silks September!
Fit to Fly July
Announcing my newest endeavor -
Are You Fit to Fly? Experience a new way to circus.
Join us for our launch with a 31 day Instagram challenge.
Follow circus_vagrant or like Are You Fit to Fly on Facebook.
My first batch of merchandise has arrived! There are more designs and options on the horizon, including guy shirts, but for now, if you "think your circus is showing," snap up one of these. They come in pink and blue and are $25 a piece. Email me for details/shipping - email@example.com
Finally debuted my invented apparatus in the first Sweet Spot Aerial Productions show in Washington, DC. The show went splendidly and the audience went wild for the dream catcher and my wacky, singing character. This apparatus is a beast. I had to time my descent to the floor after my 6 minute act perfectly with the curtain closing and my mic turning off so that I could collapse in a heaving, sweaty pile. Oh inventions that bite you in the ass.
Getting Old....and Fat
I had another birthday recently - as illustrated by the photo of me being so surprised by a homemade cheesecake (almost on fire with so many candles) that I nearly fell out of my chair. Thank goodness I had a boyfriend to catch me - he also made the cheesecake and the homemade raspberry sauce!
But the real bonus of this birthday is that I was also asked to play a character that is a rough mash up of Dolly Parton and Roseanne, the tv character. So basically, old, fat and fabulous. In this character I am also debuting my new aerial apparatus, called the jellyfish or the dream catcher or the shower curtain or whatever I feel like calling it that day. The show is this weekend, so pictures to come.
Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia
April brought about my yearly international escape. I headed to SE Asia with a very loose schedule and ended up traveling with a great friend, seeing some amazing places, and teaching a whole lot more than expected.
I did some deep water soloing (basically climbing a cliff in your bathing suit over deep water. Note: fall well) where my straddle climbs of the barely reachable ropes were the envy of the wiry climbing men.
I did handstands on every beach and discovered that, in Asia, I am an inappropriate white girl - the leering and inappropriate gestures from the men tipped me off.
I met the cutest Frenchie ever in Bangkok and taught unbelievably talented contortionists to do aerial in Cambodia. I needed far more than a month to truly appreciate these places and these people, but at least I got a quick peek.
I loved it so much, I plan to head back out in the fall to work with the incredible social circus in Cambodia. Because free trip to Asia.
The Roadtrippin' Life
Loaded up a moving truck this time for the haul from TX to DC. Workshops all along the way. Then headed out to the west coast to direct an original circus show in Napa with an incredibly talented young cast and, of course, see this little miss. Might be a trifled biased, but she is the cutest.
Back in Dallas for one month and the theme of the month is BRUISE ME! I have been teaching loads of dynamic tricks and rolls, and the evidence is showing up right and left. Brandi here was one of the first to attempt barrel rolls and elbow rolls in one day. To see more badges of honor, or to share your own, check out The BRUISE Gallery.
A Bit of Family Time
Invention of the Dream Catcher
December was for decompression. Time with the family - like skating with my beautiful niece - and time to re-energize. Jason and I created a new apparatus over the holidays as well. We are calling it the Dream Catcher, though he wants to name it The Shower Curtain, and it will be debuting as soon as I look less like a dying fish while training on it.
And the Travel Continues...
More road trip fun with stops all over New Mexico, Arizona and California. These beauties learning duo silks are from the Circus School of Arizona in Scottsdale.
Workshops, Workshops and
These last few weeks in Texas are a haze of workshop upon workshop. So many great learning and 'aha!' moments. Heading west on another epic road trip in a bit for even more workshops, because apparently, I just can't get enough.
What a wonderful whirlwind. An amazing cast, supportive crew and epic production. Also, I believe we are the first to put on a circus show set in an 1895 mental institution.
A last minute opportunity has brought me back to Dallas, this time in the role of director. With a cast of 10 other aerialists, this collaborative adventure is starting to shape up. If you are anywhere in the area, or looking for somewhere fun to be on Halloween, come see this. It is bound to be interesting (pun intended).
Phoenix and Albuquerque
A fabulous set of workshops in Phoenix at Altitude Aerials - what a willing and energetic group of people! Outside the studio it was an unbearably hot sauna, but inside was a lively and creative mecca of aerialists and athletes. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching duo lyra, playing some double trap, and rounding off the trip with some intense handstand and flexibility training.
Even with some ridiculous car trouble, I was able to stop in Albuquerque to have a few hours with the amazing troupe of Air Dance New Mexico. We dabbled on bungee silks, duo lyra and trapeze, and created all sorts of new movement on 'The Beast' triple trap. How lovely to work with trained dancers and movers who were ready to try anything and everything I threw at them.
San Francisco and Dallas
The last few months have been a blur of planes, trains and automobiles, and more than my fair share of busses. Every week has been a change in location, whether it be bouncing back and forth between Trapeze Arts in Oakland and Circus Center in SF, hopping an early flight to Dallas to dangle on a rope above the entire Mary Kay makeup contingent, or whisking off to Napa for a day to teach various workshops.
Fiji and New Zealand
What a fabulous adventure! New Zealand is an unbelievably beautiful country with endless outdoor pursuits. It had a down home southern feel, where everybody could be your neighbor, only educated, with progressive and liberal views of the world. I met a bit of the circus community as well and cannot wait to return here to teach more workshops! And possibly jump out of a few more planes.
Such a beautiful island full of fabulous people. It was a real treat to be here for two winters in a row - winter in San Juan consisting of 80 degree days and epic surf sessions. I also worked from time to time - running the flying trapeze school on the waterfront in Bahia Urbana. Sadly, TSNY PR has now closed its doors for good, and I am on my way to some new locale, but a piece of me will stay in this gorgeous place, firmly committed to continue living the island life.