Advanced Aerial Instructor Natalie is an inspiring and breathtaking performing artist, who has trained as both a dancer and circus artist. She has built up a wealth of experience – performing in many national and international shows including Madame Zingara, Vaudeville, Big Top Burlesque, Bohemia, Urban Circus and many others.
Natalie’s performance career began in 1999 when she joined Jazzart’s Professional Dance Company in Cape Town, after completing their three-year Young Adult Training and Job Creation programme. Natalie trained in contemporary, tap, rhythm and gumboot dancing, as well as contact work.
In 2004, Natalie represented South Africa at the Oxfam International Youth Partnership in (OIYP) Sydney, Australia. She ventured to Santiago, Chile, in 2005 where, as a representative of Jazzart Dance Theatre, she taught dance to marginalised children. It was here, in Cerro Navia, that Natalie began training as a circus artist and teaching as a choreographer with Circo del Mundo School and Company. Upon returning to Cape Town in 2006, she joined Zip Zap Circus as both a performing artist and teacher.
In 2007, Natalie was one of the initial aerial artists for Madame Zingara Theatre of Dreams. Since then, Natalie has been performing in shows both locally and internationally. At Art of Synergy, Natalie is involved in providing training to all levels of performers passing on her knowledge and creating new artists, as well as perfecting aerial technique in the advanced aerial students.
Beginner Aerial Instructor Gerard started his fitness career shortly after high school in 2002, which focused primarily on strength training.
After several years, he set his sights on fitness and began teaching Bootcamp, offering classes of his own. During this time, Gerard expanded his energies into different disciplines in search of his passion; these included off-road trail cycling and running.
His hunger for perfection in fitness fuelled him into continuing in different disciplines, and sharing his knowledge with anyone on the path of fitness and self-improvement, through his classes. In 2014, he joined the Art of Synergy studio, and trained his way to becoming an instructor, specialising in aerial silks.
Gerard started performing in 2015, and currently conducts aerial workshops at the studio as well as teaching classes, gearing up our future aerialists to become the next generation of aerial performers.