Selia aka Ash
Being raised in Sarasota, FL the home of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, didn't seem to mean much to Ash. Having a flying trapeze rig in your back yard, or circus classes at your high school wasn't extraordinary, was it? Not until she moved out to San Luis Obispo, CA did she realize the historical and cultural influence Sarasota had on her, and how deeply rooted her love for circus was.
Ash began adulting as an art model for the Ringling School of Art where she was introduced to the concept of art as a career. Having always loved drawing, Ash started painting, sewing, sculpting, playing music, and moving her body. In an attempt to learn more about her body's ability, she began practicing yoga in early 2004.
In November 2007, after graduating from Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, it was time for a little adventure. Ash and her bicycle flew to San Francisco for the life changing ride down Highway 1. It only took 231 miles of the California coast to convince Ash to stay, and when she got to San Luis Obispo, she did.
A new town and new opportunities. This is where Ash truly began to focus her love for circus arts. It started with a dance class from Jude Warnisher at the local community college, moved onto the small stage with SLO Tease, then to new heights at Suspended Motion. It wasn't love at first sight though. Attendance was inconsistent as Ash struggled with her OCD and the idea of wrapping her body in sweaty silks. The decision had to be made, "Let your OCD control your life, or follow your dream." After that it was easy.
In 2015 Ash made the big decision: quit your day job to do this full time. 40 hours a week at a desk wasn't doing anything good for the training needed to take this dream to the next level. So, she left! And has never been happier in her life.
To create, direct, & manage her own circus troupe, of course! Before the big dreams are the baby steps, though. First there's got to be lots of training. In the circus and performing arts world, there is never enough training. Next, or rather during, is developing Selia as a character and the acts she performs. To find the perfect balance between circus, contortion, and bulrsque. Then comes traveling, all over California and the US, to festivals, conventions, and with established shows. All the while Ash would like to teach body awareness and movement though dance and stretch.
Currently performing with
SLO Tease, Cirque des Betes, and Suspended Motion. See Affiliates page for more details.