Program Director/ Owner
Crystal began training in circus when she was thirteen years old with the Cascade Youth Circus, a small after-school program in Maple Valley, WA. She performed many disciplines with them for 5 years and is well versed in aerial hoop, corde lisse, spanish web, static trapeze, tightwire, juggling, handstands and acrobatics. Crystal also began her coaching career there, coaching the circus as well as the pre-competitive gymnastics program. After graduating from college with a degree in Business Management, she was accepted into the Professional Training Program at Circus Maniacs in Bristol, England. There, she trained in a number of disciplines with internationally-known coaches and specialized in aerial acrobatics. Upon returning to the United States, Crystal started the Youth Performance Company at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Seattle, WA, a large circus school with over 850 students and many renowned coaches/performers. Her main role was to get their top-notch students ready for performances, developing their skills into acts and working to cultivate their skills as performers. She also managed the booking of shows for the Youth and Professional Troupes. Crystal was the Site Coordinator for the 2013 American Youth Circus Organization Youth Festival. She was promoted to Program Director at SANCA in 2015 but stepped down in late 2016 after becoming pregnant with her second child. She is thrilled to be utilizing her 20 years of experience within the circus industry to establish Synapse Circus Center.