Siri Backus

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.

Clint Bobzien

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

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.

Grace Golden

Grace appeared in her first Indiana University opera at age nine and has been performing ever since. She has been with Stage Flight for two years and has loved every minute of it. 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.

Teal Larsen

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, stiltwalking and more at resorts, camps and studios in 5 states over the last 7 years. With a degrees in Math and Anthropology and expertise in zipline safety and knitting, her interests are very wide ranging, but teaching and learning circus arts have always been a passion.

Lisa Ragatz

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.

Steven Ragatz

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.