Elizabeth Klob (Story to Stage, Aerial Open Gym, School Program Director)
Elizabeth has been directing, teaching and leading the UMO School since its inception in 2007. She is a long-time physical theater practitioner, and Executive Artist for the UMO Ensemble for 15 years. She is thrilled to share the skills of creating physical theater and bringing students stories to stage whether it be in the form of an “aerial poem” or a clown routine. She looks forward to the new directions that the students and school will take in the years to come.
Shawn Kellogg (Circus Gymnastics)
Shawn has been studying and performing circus arts for 8 years. He trained intensively at the San Francisco Circus Center and Ecole De Cirque de Québec. He specializes in hand balancing and ground acrobatics. He has a private structural integration practice where he works with teens and adults to better there posture and physical connection. He also works as a coach at the Seattle School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Other than circus, some movement disciplines Shawn has studied include capoeira, yoga, martial arts and parkour.
Aly Komarzec (Modern Dance and Aerial)
Aly has been dancing and performing for 20+ years and has been training and performing circus arts for the last 5 years. She loves to teach students how to be expressive through their bodies, allowing them to find artistry of their own. She is a graduate from the Professional Circus Training program at SANCA in Seattle.
Mercedes LeDonna (Aerial)
Sadie has been dancing and practicing movement arts from an early age. Over the last 8 years, she has studied aerial, dance, clowning and other disciplines at The New England Center For Circus Arts, The San Francisco Circus Center, SANCA, Versatile Arts, and Ecole De Cirque De Quebec. Currently, she teaches aerial and other movement art disciplines at UMO School Of Physical Arts and SANCA. She is excited to continue learning and to share her knowledge about movement!
Abraham McBride (Parkour)
I have been practicing Parkour since 2010 and received a Parkour coach certification with Parkour Visions. Practicing Parkour, I have become stronger, more agile, more confident, and been able to do amazing superhero feats. I believe students learn best while having fun. I teach the art of overcoming obstacles, challenges and fear while instilling a practice of safety. I also try and incorporate creativity, movement exploration and play into all my classes.
Alex Tokar (Aikido)
Alex has practiced Aikido for over 15 years and continues to train twice a week with Seattle Kokikai Aikido where he received his black belt. Aikido is a martial art that encourages us to remain calm and maintain our integrity in the face of conflict and adversity. In our classes, we'll explore efficient, powerful movement, staying grounded and centered, speaking up for ourselves, and having fun!
Brittany Werner (Teaching Creative Movers and Aerial Tumblers)
These early learning classes are meant to get young movers excited about our world at UMO. We’ve created a space for the young artists to develop their own style with a foundation in safety, strength and skills. I am so excited to be a part of this team and to have the opportunity to guide the youngest UMO students at the beginning of their journey into the world of physical arts!