OUR TEAM

Making magic happen!

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RACHEL BUTLER

Rachel grew up in Gladstone and made Agnes Water her home 9 years ago when she started teaching circus and dance there. Since the age of 4 she trained in dance, acrobatics and theatre and this eventually led her to circus. She has been teaching these physical movement modalities for over 19 years now. Her wide array of experience and study in different genres allow her to offer a great deal to her students and in performances. Rachel has her BA in Performing Arts with a focus on dance and movement art, plus graduated from international circus school Circomedia, in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre. Since then she has worked both overseas and throughout Australia as a teacher and performer. With a goal to always provide her best, she focuses on regular training and professional development  She has also completed several coaching courses with Circus Training Australia in acrobatics, circus, aerial silks, trapeze and lyra. Rachel is excited to be the founder of Meraki Circus, Dance & Entertainment and loves nothing more than to share her passion!

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ANNA MOSES

Anna is a talented aerial performer and coach who enjoys sharing her love of circus with her students. She has been a valuable part of the Meraki Team for over a year and continues to grow in her knowledge and passion. Hailing from the UK, Anna graduated from a foundation degree course in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre at Circomedia Bristol. Since then, she has gained experience performing and teaching in the UK and Australia.

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RICK EVERETT

With over 20 years of professional performance and coaching experience, Rick has reached a truly exceptional skill level across a vast range of disciplines including tumbling, partner acrobatics, static trapeze, flying trapeze, silks, aerial rope, stilt acrobatics, fire performing, harness/wall running, bungee work, dance, acting and more! Rick has continually been involved with Australia's top performing companies on the international stage including Stalker Theatre, Opera Australia, Strings Attached, Theatre of Image and Legs On The Wall. Rick just finished a season performing at Adelaide Fringe Festival and has now made his way to us to share his knowledge and skills.

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JO ASHTON

Jo has been part of the Meraki family for 3 years, and in that time her dedication has developed her into a strong and talented artist. With a background of working with children and being a Mum of one, she knows the importance of play and creative expression in young children. Jo began as an assistant coach with Meraki and now confidently runs her own classes. She has also co-facilitated numerous large group circus workshops and performed with the professional Meraki entertainment team. Her skill sets are primarily aerial based, focussing on silks and trapeze; but her growing passion and capabilities for all things circus, shows an affinity to fire props, silk fans, hoop and juggling. She enjoys encouraging others to have fun, challenge themselves and try something new. Jo hopes to continue to grow as a varied and supportive coach and entertainer! 

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ADAM HUGHES

Adam has lived in Agnes Water for 20 years working mostly as a painter - but his true passion is for unique flow arts skill of fire performance, which he has been doing since the age of 15.  This passion has enabled him to perform professionally all over Australia and internationally. He has completed several coaching courses with Circus Training Australia in acrobatics, circus and aerial. Adam is skilled in many manipulation props and also partner acrobatics, which he trains and performs with Rachel. He is passionate about all things circus!