Nashville Circus Center
Step Right Up to the Art of Circus!
Circus arts are so unique and have such a passionate following they truly do stand alone at Expression City in our Nashville Circus Center. As proud members of American Circus Educators and American Youth Circus Organization, we offer an integrated course schedule from beginner to professional with circus education, outreach, performance opportunities and elite training.
Meet Our Talented Instructors
“Push yourself; No-one else is going to do it for you.”
Eating a whole pint of ice cream in one sitting.
Aerial Silks Instructor
Ileen is an ACE-certified aerial fabric instructor who’s been teaching at Expression City since 2019. She teaches Intro and Level 1 Aerial Silks in both kids and adult classes. Ileen has a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences: Ultrasound, an Associates of Applied Sciences in Radiologic Sciences: X-Ray, and she is CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.
Aerial silks are Ileen’s passion outside of her day job as a high-risk OB ultrasound technologist. But, her true escape is going home and playing with her beloved Australian Shepherd, Knox.
She loves that her students always come ready to put in the work and have fun. But what impresses her most about Expression City is that all of their Circus teachers must be certified, which requires taking safety and rigging courses. Not all studios do this, and with professional circus artists from Beyond Wings Circus that train and teach here, our students learn from the best of the best.
Dance & Aerial Instructor
Meredith, who’s been with Expression City since 2018, has multiple teaching roles. She’s a Certified Aerial Instructor (CAI) teaching aerial skills and lyra, as well as contemporary and jazz dance for the Homeschool Performing Arts Academy students.
Meredith enjoys hanging out with her puppies during her free time. What she loves most about working at Expression City is helping students to reach whatever level of success they aim for!
“You have the power to create your own reality!”
It’s not so hidden, but I am a fire eater and fire-breather.
Aerial & Circus Arts Instructor
Ally is an aerial and circus arts instructor who’s been with Expression City since 2019. She has a business management degree from Columbia State College and performs professionally as an aerialist, hula hoop artist, and fire entertainer. When Ally is not teaching at the studio or performing, she loves spending time in nature and going on adventures.
Ally loves sharing her passion for aerial and circus arts with her students and watching them succeed in their own goals. She encourages students to try new things, even if it scares them at first, saying, “You will be sure to have the experience of a lifetime!” Ally professionally performs everything she teaches. What impresses her most about Expression City is the amazing community of students and teachers.
“If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it!”
Aerial & Circus Arts Instructor
Grace is a beginner and intermediate aerial silks and beginner trapeze-certified aerial and circus arts instructor who’s been teaching at Expression City since the very beginning. She instructs aerial silks, aerial lyra, aerial straps, hula hooping, and cirque acts classes.
Grace helped develop our aerial and circus arts programs. She considers Nashville Circus Center to be her home. Grace has loved watching the center blossom and turn into a haven for so many fantastic artists.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
I make the world’s best fruit pie. It’s not even up for discussion.
Jessica is an aerial silks and lyra instructor. She has been teaching at Expression City since 2019 and is certified to teach beginner aerial fabric by the Circus Arts Institute.
Jessica loves that Expression City offers classes to a wide variety of ages and skill levels and notes that there is a place for everyone. She encourages students to try new things and enjoys working with such a fun and talented staff. Jessica’s other loves include making art and working in her yard.
For ages 6 to 12, learn real circus skills from professional performers including aerial silks, trapeze, hooping and more.
A unique creative movement program for ages 3 to 5, Circus Stars is a fun way for children to develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity while learning pre-circus skills. Our trained, background-checked instructors enjoy working with children, building their confidence and celebrating their progress with a parent performance at the end of the semester.
Youth Aerial Arts
Learn varying circus skills such as aerial silks, trapeze, juggling, hooping, balancing and plate spinning in these weekly group classes. Our instructors engage and encourage you while providing the opportunity to have fun, get fit and expand your horizons by learning something new.
Adult Aerial Arts
Take part in a fun and unique learning experience in these weekly group classes guided by qualified, skilled instructors. No experience necessary for beginner classes. Gain strength as you learn!
If you’re ready to dive right in, consider weekly, private lessons with one of our expert instructors. Our goal is to spur your curiosity and allow students to learn at their own pace in aerial silks, trapeze or lyra!