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Coaches

Gregory May

Gregory May graduated from the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College in 1990 and then joined the Ringling Brothers Circus itself. He traveled throughout North America for three years before returning home to Maryland. Since leaving the road, he has performed with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Children's National Medical Center, and his performances as a circus arts entertainer have taken him to over a hundred cities on four continents. He has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, in national Visa commercials, at the White House with Sherri Lewis and Lamb Chop, and locally at Toby's Dinner Theatre and Round House Theatre. Since 1994, he has coached numerous youth circuses including summer camps (with Howard County Recreation and Parks and the City of Greenbelt) and large productions (with the Berkshire Children’s Circus in Pittsfield, MA; Living Classrooms of Baltimore, MD; and the Greenbelt Youth Circus). He received his aerial performer rigging training through the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and his aerial coaching training in 2011 and 2012 through the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont. He has also taught physical comedy, circus skills, and makeup workshops at the Maryland High School Theater Festival, the National High School Theater Festival, Port Discovery in Baltimore, MD, and the Kennedy Center.


Betty May

Betty May is the director of Onstage Productions, formerly located in The Little Theater on the Corner in Ellicott City, MD. She is well-known in Columbia for the many classes she has offered over the years: Swimming, Parent and Child Messin’ Around, Dance and Gym, adult exercise classes, I.C.D.F. (International Celebration of Dance and Fun), Kids Onstage, Teens Onstage, Peanuts Onstage, and The Frustrated Actors’ Association. Her kids’ theatrical troupe toured Maryland schools; her teen troupe toured northeastern states as well as France, England, and Switzerland. Her Parent and Child class served as basis for her book: T.S.K.H. - Tickle, Snug, Kiss, Hug Exercises and Tricks for parent-child fun published by Paulist Press.

From 1993 to 2000 she spent her summers in a Guatemalan squatters’ settlement, directing musical extravaganzas with the talented and beautiful children she found there. The group grew to ninety members and performed throughout Guatemala in schools, churches, synagogues, community centers, mountain villages, the National Palace, and Guatemalan national television.

In 2005, after six years as a high school teacher: Theater, Art History, and Spanish, she expanded her theatrical interests. She trained at the Mooseburger Clown Camp in Minnesota and studied circus arts and circus arts instruction privately with her son, former Ringling Brothers clown Gregory May. In 2007, she began teaching circus arts camps through Howard County Recreation and Parks. Every spring and summer since then, she has co-taught ten sold-out weeks of circus summer camps for the City of Greenbelt. She is also currently the Head Coach for the Greenbelt Youth Circus.


Shelly Guy

Shelly Guy began her circus career as a rhythmic gymnast at Rhythmflex Gymnastics where she trained for 5 years, ultimately competing nationally as a level 10 senior. From 2008 to 2011, she transitioned into aerial work through classes at the Gerstung gym. She has continued her aerial training in static trapeze, lyra, and aerial fabric through classes with Serenity Smith Forchion from the New England Center for Circus Arts via Arachne Aerial Arts. Since 2010, she has coached beginner and intermediate level students on fabric at Dream Allstars Cheer and Dance, and she is the current aerials coach for the Greenbelt Youth Circus. She has also helped teach basic tumbling, flexibility, and rhythmic gymnastics at Rhythmflex Gymnastics for levels four through eight since 2005. She holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from Towson University, and some of the many places she has performed as a professional aerialist, contortionist, and stilt walker include DC, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Hong Kong.

 


Nina Charity

Nina Charity grew up as a competitive figure skater in Columbia, MD. Due to the nature of the sport she took dance classes to better her grace and athleticism. Soon after, she enrolled at the University of Maryland where she obtained a BA in Dance. After graduation, she discovered aerial dance. By working with Air Dance Bernasconi for over 6 years (under the direction of Jayne Bernasconi) she explored the ability to fly through the air with grace. Her training, coaching, and performance experience also include the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO (where she performed alongside Elsie and Serenity Smith--both former Cirque du Soleil aerialists) and multiple workshops at the New England Center for Circus Arts. She directs aerial classes and performances as the Artistic Director of Baltimore Aerial Dance (BAD), a program that took over the classes formerly taught by Jayne Bernasconi. Along with this teaching endeavour at Coppermine Field House, she completed her work with a program that supports Michelle Obama's obesity initiative, in which she performs her aerial fabric act for elementary school age children. When she isn't flying, she is employed by The Baltimore County Department of Ageing where she teaches senior citizens how to effectively and safely exercise at eleven Baltimore County fitness centers. She is also a certified personal trainer.