A professional acrobat, competitive diver and actor, Clint Bobzien’s formal training began on stage at the University of Evansville’s theater program. He has performed nationally, internationally and on broadway as a principle artist featuring a variety of acts such as high flying trapeze, trampoline, chinese pole, high dive, aerial hoop, aerial silk, hand to hand balancing and corde lisse. Clint has been a USAG certified gymnastics coach directing competitive programs with 15 years experience and holds a BS in Biology from Indiana University.
Hannah Bobzien has been flying through the air since she was a child. By the age of 10, she was performing with the High Flyers Circus on the flying trapeze, trampoline, on stilts and a variety of aerial apparatuses. In school, she set records for both diving and gymnastics in the state of Indiana. Hannah had already performed internationally by 18, including an eight month Japan tour. She and her husband, Clint Bobzien, performed 6 months on a cruise ship in Asia. Later with Cirque Mechanics she toured for 5 years throughout the United States and Canada, including a three week stint on Broadway. She graduated from Indiana University with a BA in English. As a performer and choreographer, Hannah Bobzien has solid presence on stage and teaches her students to develop strength and unique abilities.
Teal’s circus arts exposure began on the high flying trapeze in 2007 with the High Flyers Family Circus in Bloomington, Indiana. She has taught trapeze, aerial silks, aerial hoop, stilt-walking and more at resorts, camps and studios in 5 states over the last 7 years. With degrees in Math and Anthropology, and expertise in zip-line safety and knitting, her interests are very wide ranging, but teaching and learning circus arts has always been a passion.
Siri began training on the high flying trapeze in 2008 with the High Flyers Family Circus. With experience in gymnastics, rugby, and hand balancing, trapeze presented a whole new way to push her physical boundaries and gain strength while flying through the air. Since then she has continued her aerial training in multiple apparatuses including aerial hoop, single trapeze and aerial silks. She is a mother and loves working with students of all ages.
Grace appeared in her first Indiana University opera at age nine and has been performing ever since. She has been with Stage Flight since it opened in 2015. As a member of the original Advanced Program at Stage Flight, Grace is trained in trampoline, tumbling, aerial hoop, aerial silks, and dance. Stage Flight allows Grace to combine her stage experience and gymnastics background providing her with new opportunities to push herself. In her free time Grace enjoys reading, playing cello, and working with young children.
An aspiring professional, Katie Russo’s training began in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. She has performed across the United States with Phantom Regiment and Onyx featuring a variety of disciplines such as euphonium, dance, and flag. She has been with Stage Flight for 2 years training as a generalist and enjoys trampoline, aerial straps, and cyr wheel. Katie plays trombone at the Jacobs School of Music and is completing a degree in Music Education. She loves her twin sister and Harry Potter.
Maggie Nord is a mother and Registered Nurse. She was a gymnast at Rising Star Gymnastics Club for 13 years, and has coached gymnastics on and off since she was 16 years old. Maggie has performed on-stage in acting, gymnastics, acrobatics, singing and instrumentation. Her dad taught her how to juggle at a young age, explaining that it was good for her brain. She enjoys gardening, sailing, dancing, climbing, yoga, hand balancing, fiber arts, woodworking and playing the banjo. She’s excited to be coaching along side Clint and Hannah at Stage Flight and getting to help people learn to use their bodies in fun and exciting ways while developing strength, awareness, grace and skill.
Paula has been dancing since the age of five, and is trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hoop dance. After graduating from the Chicago Academy for the Arts, she settled in Bloomington and began a career in leather design and costuming. Since discovering the hoop in 2009 Paula has completed over 500 hours of hoop dance teacher trainings with master teachers across the country. She co-founded The Hudsucker Posse, Bloomington Indiana's flow arts collective and hoop dance troupe and has performed at Lotus Festival, Pride Film festival, Trashion Refashion, Wonderlab and many venues across the Midwest.. Her company, FlowMotion Events, produces The FlowMotion Symposium, a metropolitan cirque and flow arts retreat featuring classes and performances. She and her partner like to travel, spin fire props and hang out with their cat, Enoch.
Hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as "impressive," Steven Ragatz has been entertaining audiences with his juggling, physical comedy, circus arts and general antics for the past three decades. As a ten year veteran of the French Canadian circus, Cirque du Soleil, Steven has toured throughout North, South and Central America as well as Asia and Europe performing multiple juggling acts and an eclectic array of characters. His television appearances include juggling on TheTonight Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and The Today Show. Steven toured internationally with Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory and Boom Town, touted by Spectacle Magazine as "The most important contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil! Most recently, he has enjoyed many appearances with symphony orchestras, as Cirque Mechanics' comedic violinist."
Steven holds a B.A. in Variety Theater and an M.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University. He studied mime, stage movement and circus arts with Fred Garbo, Tony Montanaro, George Pinney, and Michael Moschen. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Melissa and Andrew, and currently reside in Bloomington, Indiana.
Lisa Ragatz studied opera and ballet costuming at Indiana University while completing her BS in Biology, and has over 30 years of professional experience in costume design and construction for opera, dance, ice skating, and circus arts. She has been a costumer for Cirque du Soleil, Bietak Productions, Busch Gardens, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University School of Music, Celebration Barn Theater, The Oddfellows Theater, Under the Umbrella, and for several Cirque Mechanics' productions. Lisa lives in Bloomington, with her husband Steven, and her cat, Mrs. Mears.