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Ellen Waylonis

co-founder, co-owner

After graduating from Northeastern University with degrees in English literature and photography, Ellen discovered partner acrobatics and aerial arts, and fell head over heels for the joy, sweat, and magic of the circus. Ellen trained at the New England Center for Circus Arts in the Professional Track Program, where she focused on partner acrobatics, aerial rope, and Spanish web, while also studying a variety of other circus disciplines.

Ellen is a founding member and frequent performer with the Boston Circus Guild, and has toured across the US with Cirque Dreams, Nimble Arts, and her own company, Off the Ground Circus. She now splits her time between performing, teaching, and keeping the circus in business as the Chief Executive and co-owner of Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, and co-founder and co-owner of Commonwealth Circus Center.