Contortion and flexibility instructor Catie Brier started off as just another flexible girl with dreams of performing in circuses far and wide. However, she sustained several injuries and decided to stop working.

She became dedicated to the pursuit of helping people who wanted to push their limits of flexibility safely. Through her contortion intensives, regular classes at the San Francisco Circus Center, and large online presence, Catie has amassed an army of bendy followers from all over the world.

For more episodes about contortion, check out episode 4, 8, and 23.

Follow Catie on instagram: @catie.brier.contortion


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This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top.

Shannon McKenna is an internationally recognized circus performer and coach. For the past decade, she has been a freelance artist: giving workshops and classes across 7 countries and working on and back stage for both traditional and contemporary circus shows in the US, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on post-modern physical theater (how’s that for a mouthful?). She founded The Artist Athlete in 2018 as a means to produce educational materials for aerial artists and a podcast in which she interviews experts in the circus industry about their careers. If you’re reading this, you’re probably listening to it. Thank you!

She currently lives in Atlanta, GA USA, but gravitates towards whichever circus community is the warmest.

Find her online:

Facebook: The Artist Athlete

Instagram: @the_artist_athlete

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