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Who We Are

Founded and led by expert aerialist, choreographer, and professional dancer, Frances Donohoe, Cirque welcomes students of every age, from toddlers to retirees and everything in between. As you gain strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility, you will proceed to more advanced levels, explore new equipment, and learn new skills, all in Southeast Alaska's premier circus arts studio.

Sitka Cirque is located in the beautiful town of Sitka, on the outer coast of Southeast Alaska. Our pristine studio offers up to 30 feet of vertical height, as well as 12 individual aerial points all spaced 10 feet apart. Sitka Cirque is privileged to have such an incredible space where every student gets to have their own equipment for class.

Who We Are: About


We have a fantastic team of caring and supportive instructors. All Sitka Cirque staff are passionate about making a lasting impact in the lives of our students, through their tireless dedication and drive to share their own knowledge and experiences. Get to know our committed team and their role in transforming student lives through circus arts.

Frances Donohoe

Director and Coach

Charles Hart

Lead Coach

Jackie Carlos

Adult/Youth Coach

Gina Lusher

Adult/Youth Coach

Nancy Neel

Youth Coach

Marine Marseglia

Youth Coach

Andrew Jylkka

Administrative Specialist

If you would like to learn more about our faculty or about a specific staff member, please email us at

Who We Are: Meet the Team
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