Jessi Rhodes

I started circus almost accidentally with a friend in St. George Utah that started teaching me pole dance in her living room in 2011. After I moved to Salt Lake I was introduced to the incredible and thriving circus community we have here and was able to branch out to trapeze, rope, and now aerial hoop.

My partner, Colten, has been so paramount to my creative endeavors. Every performance we work together to craft the perfect music for what we want that piece to come across as. He not only makes the unique music that I am able to perform to, Colten, as my creative director also helps me with choreography and picking the costume I will wear. I may be the only person on stage in the moment, but at least half of the performance comes from the input and dedication Colten brings to us as a team.

Performing has given me the opportunity to share my passion with those that care about me and the arts, but do not have time themselves to commit to the practice and dedication circus demands. To be able to share with my friends, family, and community something that brings me so much joy every day is the best reward I could ask for.

Circus is incredibly demanding. Not only in the time it takes to build the foundational strengths and techniques required, it is also painful. I tell all my new students so they are not surprised – Circus hurts, and it never stops hurting. You are working out and dancing on a steel hoop, and that’s going to leave bruises. But it is worth it, so so very worth it.