Marco Antonio Coelho Bortoleto, has a B.A. in Physical Education from the Methodist University of Piracicaba and MSc in Sport Science from the University of Campinas, both in Brazil. He received his PhD at the University of Lleida (Spain). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and at the University of Manitoba (Canada). As Visiting Professor he worked at Universidad A Coruña (Spain) and La Plata National University (Argentina). He is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Physical Education Faculty at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP - Brazil). Since 2006, he has led the CIRCUS RESEARCH LAB (CIRCUS) together with the circus historian Erminia Silva, PhD. He is a former professional circus artist and acrobatics teacher at Barcelona’ Circus School “Rogelio Rivel” (Spain, 2001-2005), and has been collaborating as a partner of Cirque du Soleil casting department since 2003.