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Ellen Waylonis


Ellen first performed on stage at the age of 5, tap dancing to Frank Sinatra’s “High Hopes.” Though her tap career was short lived, she loved performing, and made her way back to the stage during college as a member of an experimental dance troupe. After graduating from Northeastern University with degrees in English literature and photography, Ellen discovered partner acrobatics and aerial arts, and fell head over heels for the joy, sweat, and magic of the circus. Ellen trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts in the Professional Track Program, where she focused on partner acrobatics, aerial rope, Spanish web, and aerial partnering, while also studying a variety of other circus disciplines. While finishing the program at NECCA, Ellen helped to launch Esh Circus Arts in 2010.

Ellen is a founding member and frequent performer with the Boston Circus Guild, and has toured nationally with Cirque Productions, Nimble Arts, and her own company, Off the Ground Circus. She now splits her time between performing, teaching, and keeping the circus in business as the Chief Executive and co-owner of Esh Circus Arts and Chief of Operations and co-owner of Esh’s sister studio, Commonwealth Circus Center.