Soviet Bloc Party: Circus and Fire Arts



Nick has been involved with the circus for over six years. A founding member of the circus troupe Odd Child Uprising he has performed up and down the East Coast and extensively in Boston and NYC. He has performed a suspended straight jacket escape off of the same building as Houdini, and is the inventor of the world’s first and only bed of 1000 razorblades. He also holds a mechanical engineering degree from Central Connecticut State University.

He is currently the Safety Manager for Wildfire Retreat.

Nick’s skills include: Juggling, Unicycling, Partner Acrobatics, Fire Breathing, Fire Eating, Fire Spinning, Straight Jacket Escape, Whip Cracking, Rola Bola, Glass Walking, Bed of Nails/Razorblades, Human Blockhead, Stilting.







Stacey’s earliest exposure to the amazing world of circus arts came at the age of twelve when she went with her family to see Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Dralion’. After witnessing a high flying aerial silks act, she begged her parents for lessons, but they were firm in their answer ‘No. It’s just a phase.’

Oh well, everyone makes mistakes.

After spending the first eighteen years of her life growing up on the edge of nowhere in Minnesota, Stacey packed her bags and headed east to attend Vassar College, where she majored in English.

As fate would have it, mere days after her arrival at Vassar, she happened across the school’s circus troupe, The Barefoot Monkeys, practicing on the quad. After a bit of enthusiastic haranguing, she agreed to join them in some acro-balancing, and never looked back.

Stacey has been involved in the circus arts as a performer and enthusiast for over five years. She was an active member of the Barefoot Monkeys while at Vassar, and served continuously on the excecutive board from her sophomore year on, first as treasurer and then as president. She directed, wrote, helped plan and performed in countless performances ranging from street fairs, to charity performances, weddings, large scale fire shows, and elaborate indoor shows.

Currently Stacey is a driving force behind Wildfire Retreat where she serves as Class Coordinator/Scheduler, as well as the Pre-Event Manager.

Her skills include: Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop/Lyra, Partner Acrobatics, Juggling, Hula Hooping, Fire Spinning, Stilting, Glasswalking, and Tumbling.


The New England Center for Circus Arts – Brattleboro, VT – Aerial Fabric Teacher Training with Elsie Smith

Laban Movement for Aerialists – Boston, MA – ‘Authentic Aerial: Laban for Aerialists’, ‘Making Dances with Meaning’ with Susan Murphy

The New England Center for Circus Arts – Brattleboro, VT – Aerial Fabric, Trapeze, Lyra, Hand Balancing and Contortion with Caroline Wright, Bronwyn Sims and Elsie Smith

The Sky Box – Brooklyn, NY – Aerials with Jordann Baker

Trapeze Arts – Oakland, CA –  Chinese Acrobatics and Tumbling with Xia Kemin

Vassar College Barefoot Monkeys – Poughkeepsie, NY – Fire Spinning, Partner Acrobatics, Juggling, Stilting, Glass-walking, Tumbling

22 June

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