meet our Instructors


Camille Rule

A Little Rock native and ACA  founder/co-owner, Camille was born to perform and teach. With a background in Classical Ballet and Dance, she has carried that training over to her Circus career and teaching. Camille first began Circus Arts over 7 years ago when she discovered Hula Hooping! This quickly led to her obsession with other Circus disciplines such as Fire Dance, Stilt Walking, Partner Acrobatics, Handbalancing, AcroYoga, Aerial Arts & Aerial Dance, and theatrical production. Camille is a certified Yoga instructor, certified AcroYoga instructor, certified AcroYoga Fit teacher, and certified Aerial Silks teacher! She has studied Circus Arts at many schools around the country  and  plans to continue building the Circus community in Arkansas. 


Rebeka Poland

Rebeka Poland, co-owner of Arkansas Circus Arts, is a native Floridian but has called Arkansas her home for the past five years. After graduating from Florida State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, she worked 5 years as an  engineer in Louisiana, Brazil, and Arkansas. She left her career to pursue an even more challenging position, motherhood. Dance and fitness has always been a major part of Rebeka''s life as she began dance training 17 years ago in Tallahassee, Florida. In March 2010, she was inspired to dance with a circular piece of plastic which began her journey into circus, kinetic, and fire arts.  Rebeka is an ACE certified Aerial Instructor in Fabric and Spanish Web. 

 


Erica Gurley

Erica's Circus journey started in 2010 when she discovered Hula Hooping. Since then she has become passionate about Aerial Dance specializing in Lyra or Aerial Hoop. Erica's flexibility has made her a natural on the Lyra and she enjoys teaching beginner to advanced Aerialists. Erica has been a performer and teacher with Arkansas Circus Arts for several years! Her goals of becoming a professional entertainer and seamstress are coming true right before her eyes. At ACA you can take private lessons on Lyra with Erica or come to her Intermediate Lyra class! 


Rachael Mercer

Rachael loves the Aerial Arts and passion lies in teaching. Her first time in the air she knew this is what she was meant to do.  Her Circus journey began on Aerial Silks and Pole, then led to Lyra, Aerial Hammock, Trapeze, and Straps. Rachael's background in body building has given her  incredible strength for Aerial Arts and Circus which inspires her students to become their strongest selves! Rachael teaches Aerial Hammock, Trapeze, Lyra, and Aerial Fitness. She also performs Aerial Arts and has picked up Flow Arts more recently. 


Kim Ray

Kim became inspired by Hoop Dance after her first class in 2008 taught by Shakti Sunfire. The hoop became a meditative space, a great form of exercise, and a pathway to creative movement. As Kim's love of Hoop Dance grew she began deepening her practice by attending regional workshops taught by Brecken, Baxter, Ann Humphreys, and Luna Breeze. Soon after, Kim was inspired to start organizing community flow jams and started Arkansas' first Hoop troupe, The Southern Lights Hoopdancers. Now Kim owns Nirvana Hoops, a custom Hoop making business, and performs with Arkansas Circus Arts as a Hoop Dancer, Stilt Walker, and Fire Performer. Kim loves teaching Hoop Dance to new students and helping them to build a strong foundation from which they can grow as a hooper. In addition to being a Hoop Dance instructor, Kim is a retired midwife, nurse, wife, and mother to three daughters. 


Rachel Newell

A Little Rock native, Rachel began her performing arts journey in the Ballet studio at the ripe age of four, and spent her early years training in various forms of dance at Arkansas Festival Ballet and Shuffles. During her freshman year of college, she discovered the joy of teaching by leading a kids after-school dance class in a rural community. In the midst of her hectic life as a college student, she began taking Aerial Silks classes and found where her love for performing arts was meant to grow! Rachel has been performing with ACA for the past year and trains in Aerial Arts, Flow Arts, and acrobatics. This July, she will travel to Costa Rica for her Yoga teaching certification, and she'll begin teaching local classes in August. Rachel is also developing a career as a freelance writer, and has published critical reviews in a local arts journal. 


Kyle Owen

Kyle began is journey as a Flow Artist in 2009 spinning Poi in his back yard, but quickly found that Contact Staff was his passion. He has had great feedback from his online tutorials posted under the name Gibrusnoom. Since then, he has picked up many new props and disciplines including juggling, clowning, contact juggling, staff juggling, fire eating, fire breathing, and the occasional magic trick here and there. Kyle is a founding member and active participant in the Arkansas flow commmunity and works as a performer, choreographer, and event organizer for Arkansas Circus Arts.  You can catch Kyle teaching classes and workshops in Poi, Contact Staff, Juggling, and much more at ACA! 


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Arkansas Acro

Arkansas Acro is led by Acro Revolution certified instructors Hannah Trice, Hannah Jones, and Scott Forbush and Yoga of Trust Acrobatics certified instructor Samuel Pettit. Arkansas Acro creates community based on trust, support and acrobatic practice. Arkansas Acro works with all ages and all levels of experience, for both performance and personal practice.  www.arkansasacro.com    Arkansas Acro's intermediate level class on Thursdays at ACA (7:30pm) is geared toward individuals with experience in the foundations of AcroYoga. Some classes may require pre-requisites but we trust students to use accurate self-assessment of their level of practice.