Accalia Robertson

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Accalia is the founder and director of Deep Roots Strong Dance® dance company and she performs at weddings, art shows, restaurants and Festivals. A Dance Manitoba Gold Award recipient and Manitoba Arts Council grant recipient, Accalia is an artistic choreographer with a passion for teaching dance. In the festival scene, she's known for her mesmerizing articulations and control while dancing with fire - sometimes, balancing a fire sword on her head!  

Accalia was among a small group of locals selected to perform in Folklorama's inaugural Egyptian pavilion, which received rave reviews. She's contributed artistic work for the Canadian Palestinian Association, as well as produced a number of shows. She's starred in a music video for the international Bollywood star, Roshan Prince, and has accompanied Juno-nominee Adham Shaikh, Desert Dwellers, Mohamed El Sayed, among others.
 

A Certified Datura Style™ practitioner, Accalia travels out of province annually to study with world-renowned dancers. In the past 14 years, she's studied various styles of "bellydance" including Fusion, ITS, Egyptian, and complementary Classical styles.

Accalia's portfolio is as diverse as her clientele; hookah lounges, weddings, art shows, festivals, music videos, musician accompaniment, spoken-word artists and DJs.

Her classes are always LGBTTQ* safe spaces and she loves teaching at PCA because of their supportive environment.

Anastasia Evsigneeva

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Anastasia is a contemporary dancer, contortionist and circus performer. She is a graduate (2019) of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers, with a BA Honors in Dance. She was born in Rostov-on- Don, Russia in an artistic family. Anastasia started teaching at the age of 18 (10 years ago) back in her hometown. The theatre she danced for needed to start running some classes to earn some money for existence, so she took the challenge to help the theatre with that. At first it was very scary for Anastasia to share her skills with others. The fear of teaching slowly faded as the confidence in her own skills and knowledge came along.

 

Since Anastasia moved to Canada, she has been teaching in many studios in Winnipeg, both circus disciplines (contortion & hand-balancing) and contemporary dance. As a coach Anastasia is highly interested in an individual growth of each student, and builds individual programs for her students to reach their goals.

 

Anastasia loves teaching at PCA because she feels she can fully apply her teaching experience. The friendly environment at PCA allows an artistic expression and a creative individual approach to teaching.

Anna Protsiou

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Anna is a dancer and circus artist originally from Thessaloniki, Greece but currently living in Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated from the School of Contemporary Dancers with a BA Honours in Dance. She started training in contortion and hand-balancing five years ago with Samantha Halas, previously a PCA member.

Anna has worked with many choreographers from in and out of the province and she recently became an artist in residency at New Dance Horizons in Regina. She has also performed as a circus artist for many gigs and private functions as well as for Frostbite Circus, One Trunk Theatre, Hit and Run Dance Productions in Toronto and more. Her long-term goal is to be able to perform and travel as part of a company.

Anna has an R.A.D certification from when she was dancing ballet and loves teaching dance, contortion and hand-balancing. What she enjoys the most about teaching is seeing her students progress and accomplish their goals as well as, learning more about herself through them.

Anna loves training and teaching at PCA because of the welcoming environment as well the sense of unity and community within the diversity of the artists involved

Daniel Craig

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Daniel started performing in 1994 and has since expanded his areas of expertise to cyr wheel, juggling, act composition and hand to hand acrobatics. He has trained at ArtCorps under Jerome Labaut and Natalie Adamiecka, at the New England Centre for Circus Arts under Bill Forchion, and had countless lessons and experiences with other coaches around the world.

 

He performed solo from 1994 - 2006 until co-creating a new duo acrobatic show which has toured extensively- to this date, Daniel has performed over five thousand shows.

 

Daniel is a strong arts advocate in Winnipeg and believes Prairie Circus Arts can become one of the many great studios in Canada! 

Kimberly Craig

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Drawing from a background in competitive figure skating, Kimberly first started performing in circuses, theatres and ice shows as an aerialist for companies such as: Sea World, Aloft Aerial Arts, Midnight Circus, Cirque Volia, GOP Varietes, Krystalpalast Variete, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines, Aerial Angels and Cirkus Prinsessan. Having a love of all things circus she picked up hula hooping, hand balancing and hand-to-hand acrobatics while training in Chicago (Aloft), Montreal (ENC coaches) and Vermont (NECCA). She spends a lot of time on the road performing duo acrobatics and comedy show with her husband (Dan Craig) as a headliner for Princess Cruises, Princess Cruises Japan, and countless street art festivals around Canada the World.

Kimberly is a co-founder of PCA and loves to share her knowledge through teaching classes, workshops and private lessons. She is really excited to help you meet your goals by breaking down skills and focusing on strong foundations. She teaches classes in handstands and aerial silk.  

Virginia Draghi

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Virginia's first encounter with pole was in 2010 in her home country, Italy, and it was love at first spin. Her busy job schedule as a stagehand in the music business kept her from training pole seriously, but when she moved in Canada in 2011, she decided to fully commit to it.

After years of training in 2015 she entered her first competition and placed 3rd in the Semi Pro division at the Canadian Pole Fitness Championship.  

But this was just the start: Since then, Virginia developed her signature pole style, which she taught to hundreds of students in her hometown Winnipeg, and across Canada. Her passion for pole space from Pole Sport, to Artistic pole, exotic pole, and all in between. Virginia currently teaches at (and co funded) Prairie Circus Arts in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

Certifications and training:

Vertical Dance Pole Fitness training (beginner)

Vertical Dance Pole Fitness training (intermediate)

Vertical Dance Pole fitness training (advanced)

IPSF Certified Judge (2016-Current)

IPSF Pole sports Coach (Current)

IPSF Code of points certification

IPSF Anatomy, Physiology and biomechanics certification 

CPR/AED/First Aid certificate (current)

 

Awards:

2nd place PSO Canada East Championship 2019 Level 5 (pro division)

1st place PSO Canada East Championship 2018 Junior/ Senior Level 4

4th Place Vertical Love 2016 Pro 

3rd place 2015 CPFC semi pro

 

She absolutely loves the supportive and inspirational environment that PCA created. Every single artist brings a bit more to the space, making it a vibrant, fun place to be, for training AND for socializing. The talents that train here never stop amazing her!