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360 Degrees: Circus Through a Holistic Lens with Stacy Clark–Ep.1, Coaching with Sarah Poole

With our new video interview series called 360 Degrees: Circus Through a Holistic Lens with Stacy Clark, we kick off our PRO Space for PRO Subscribers. Stacy Clark is the host of this exciting new video interview series which will provide a deep dive into the world of elite athletes and performers while tying in the practical tools she provides with her holistic approach to coaching. Stacy has years of experience in the industry working with artists and industry leaders from around the world and her work has been instrumental in shaping the contemporary circus landscape. Stacy introduces us to the first episode: 

In episode 1, I stay true to my tagline–“Exploring the three C’s-Coaching, Casting and Career” in her talk with Sarah Poole. Circus arts teacher, coach and choreographer, Sarah Poole loves to participate in the dialogue of learning and teaching. She is genuinely interested in and inspired by people’s profoundly varied physical and creative learning processes. Sarah and I talked about embracing a student-centric model, teaching towards autonomy, the shared experience of creativity and so much more! Plus, Sarah shares her top three Take Aways including the need to have fun! All photos in video provided courtesy of Sarah Poole. Photos were taken at the European Aerial Dance Festival. Photo credit: Mark Morreau for Gravity & Levity ...

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Stacy Clark

A former gymnast and professional circus performer, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus around the world on stage, at festivals and on screen. Stacy is co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, a consulting service specializing in casting, coaching and creation. She also teaches career development and act development to the next generation of circus artists training at San Diego Circus Center. Until 2020, Stacy was the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, leading a team of international talent scouts and advisors. Stacy's journey at Cirque du Soleil began in 2007 when she joined the Casting department as a Talent Scout, recruiting athletes and circus artists for the company’s shows worldwide. In 2011 she became Acrobatic Coach on Amaluna, touring North America. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Leadership diploma from Concordia University. She is a certified yoga teacher, nutrition coach, NASM performance enhancement specialist and CrossFit level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. “I believe in safe, open learning environments, and cultivating a sense of agency in students, athletes and artists. Excellence in human performance begins with being an excellent human.”