Meet The Summer Intensive Coaching Team
Aerial Hoop, Contortion, Hand Balancing
Meaghan grew up dancing where she studied Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Acro. In 2001, Meaghan was accepted in to L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal where she specialized in aerial hoop and contortion with additional training in Ballet, Contemporary and Modern. Upon graduation in 2005, Meaghan performed professionally as a principal dancer in many roles, including the cast of ‘Tomorrow’ (Pigeons, International) and the cast of ‘Loft’ (7 Fingers). From 2009 – 2012, Meaghan performed on tour globally with Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Quidam’ as a feature aerialist.
Following an extremely successful performance career, Meaghan shifted her focus to coaching and choreography. In 2013 Meaghan graduated with a diploma from L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque (Montreal, Canada) with a major in Research of Acrobatics, and a minor in Hand to Hand partnering for dancers.
Currently she works as a private acrobatic coach and choreographer, and attracts students from around the world with a focus on career development, choreography and professional stage preparation. Meaghan founded Move With The Beat dance competitions in 2013. She is the Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Division manager for Acrobatic Arts since 2015. Most recently she has launched her Aerial Arts Online syllabus guiding teachers with her course for their students and class preparations. Meaghan started The Academy Circus as a local London, Ontario circus and acrobatic facility in 2017. The Academy now has 2 locations, London and Clinton Ontario. We strive on safety, education and performance opportunities!
Meaghan recently has been hired for global choreographic projects in Australia, Montreal, France, China and India creating large scale shows for special events, Casino shows and year end performance university shows. She is passionate about welcoming everyone into the performance industry while sharing tips and tools about making it a reality. She is now an on call Artistic Coach with Cirque du Soleil. Meaghan is very happy to be settled in her home town of London Ontario with her small family!
Dance Medecine, Anatomy, Injury Prevention, Contrast Therapy
Tim Buckley is a Physiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia. He has worked exclusively with elite ballet dancers, circus artists and orchestral musicians during his 15 year career and has spoken twice at IADMS conferences in Australia and the USA. He was one of two full time physios with The Australian Ballet from 2006-2008 and toured Australia, China, England and France. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 and toured Japan, South America and North America with ‘Corteo’ and ‘Quidam’, before settling in Montréal to work at Cirque’s international headquarters as the Supervisor of Performance Medicine. Tim then toured again as the Head Physiotherapist on Cirque du Soleil’s production, ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities’ in 2014-15, before moving back to Melbourne in 2016. After another year at The Australian Ballet and completing a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy, Tim re-joined Cirque du Soleil where he worked as a ‘fly-in’ Head Physiotherapist on several touring shows including Amaluna, Volta and Crystal as well as in Montreal on various creation projects, until March 2020. Tim now co-manages the Australia / New Zealand / Asia divisions of Acrobatic Arts as well as Aerial Arts. He is our consultant Physiotherapist, providing input on the continuing development of our syllabus and programs. Now based in London, Ontario, Tim and his wife Meaghan own/operate ‘The Academy’ - an aerial and acrobatic studio with two locations.
Aerial Pole, Flying Pole, Strength + Conditioning
Suzy is a CPFA certified Multi award winning professional pole dancer from London Ontario. Over the years she was blessed to competed, teach and perform internationally. Suzy began her pole journey in 2011 and began teaching and performing in 2015. She is known for her power tricks! Suzy will do anything for her students and loves watching them grow into their own.
Hip Hop, Ground Performance
Shaidon (Shaii) Woods
Shaidon (Shaii), BA French Studies and Dance Choreography, comes to us from a very diverse and international dance background. While growing up, he watched his parents (former Social Swing and Jive experts Mike and Yvette Woods) and was inspired to continue the family passion of rhythm and movement! Since he started performance at the age of 10 with his sister, Geraldine, it professionally conditioned any stage nerves he may have had quite early on in life. By the age of 26, Shaidon had already studied, performed, and taught dance to all ages in over 10 countries and 3 continents. These experiences include The Japan Summer Tour, The UK Tour, and The Dinner Theatre Show in Boyne Highlands with the Young Americans Performing Arts, The Université De Nice Jazz Team (France), Teaching Dance and English in Beijing (China), Returning Choreographer in Belfast (Ireland) with UPLIFT Performing Arts, and many more. He returned to Canada to further his dancing within the competing world of American Ballroom & Latin Styles, earning a Two Time Bronze Novice Title. Shaidon has always had a passion for performance and dance, which is continually expressed as he teaches fabulous students with his magnificent fellow coaches! Shaidon is so excited to return to The Selected Team this year and cannot wait to get started!
AcroDance, Hand Balancing, Dance
Glynnis began dancing at the age of 6. She is accomplished in Acrobatic, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Ballet & Hip Hop dance
disciplines, competing at provincial and national levels. She has
received multiple awards and special recognitions by judges for
her performances. She received
her Associate Teaching level From BATD in 2008. Glvnnis' love for dance lead her to complete a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology, from University of Waterloo in 2013, Glynnis chose to continue her education and earned a Master's of Science in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo in 2016. She then broadened her focus to include American Ballroom Smooth and Rhythm: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba,
Cha Cha, Swing (East and West Coast), Merengue, Samba, Mambo, and Theatre Arts. She earned a Double Honours Bronze
Teaching Certification in 2018 while coaching and competing in American Ballroom. She was featured in showcase performances for national audiences.
Glynnis returned to her first love; teaching, after the birth of her son. She looks forward to combining her training, expertise, and research acumen to bring a unique scientific
approach to dancer development. Glynnis is thrilled to be part of an elite team of coaches focused on student goals and development.
Hand Balancing, Tumbling, Conditioning, Hoop Diving