The Hamilton Aerial Group (HAG) is an aerial arts and stilt walking club making the circus arts accessible to the community. We are passionate about the arts, and even more passionate about everyone having the chance to learn and grow in a close, supportive community. HAG is a family of people from all walks of life and all sorts of artistic backgrounds with a love for aerial silks, lyra hoop, corde lisse, static trapeze and stilt walking.
Who We are
Lori Le Mare Lori Le Mare makes her living as a visual artist and art restorer. She became an aerialist in 1998 and later a performer in the Toronto troupe GravityWorks. After moving to Hamilton in 2009, she formed HAG (Hamilton Aerial Group) with interested people from the community. She produced numerous cabarets for the Lyric Theatre and produced and performed in community events as well as HAG’s first full-length award winning play, ‘The Hangman’s Reprise’, which was performed at the 2013 Hamilton Fringe Festival and ‘Apoidea: A Bee Story’ in 2016. In 2017 Lori conceived and produced The Paradise Project, a show celebrating the natural world. Lori won the 2017 Hamilton Arts Award in the dance and performing category. She continues as artistic director, aerialist performer and stilt walker for Hamilton Aerial Group.
Tanis Sydney MacArthur has been a member of Hamilton Aerial Group since 2010. She is an interpretive dance artist, choreographer, aerialist, stilt walker, prop maker, costumier, creature designer and sculpturist. She creates much of the costuming for HAG and has also costumed Aeris Korper, Femmes du Feu, Red Betty Theatre, Steel the Sky Aerial Arts, Learie McNicolls, TEAM T&J, Mabel Moon, Aoucheva Dance Company, Defining Movement Dance and Artword Theatre among others. Tanis performs with HAG and revels in the more unusual and atypical applications of the circus and movement arts, in particular, site specific and installation style works. She studied a range of movement styles including modern, ballet, jazz, tap, bellydance, flamenco, african, irish, ballroom, yoga and somatic. Select examples from her dance history include move (Peggy Baker), KRIMA! (Maxine Heppner), Ontology (David Hudson Dance Company), Hamilton Site Specific Dance Festival, Big Hill (Megan English, Dusk Dances Hamilton), Incandescent (MeredithThompson/Kate Franklin, Dusk Dances Hamilton) and Once I Lived in a Box , The Crossing, Seven Duets, Untitled Solo (Learie McNicolls). She is a member of the Artword Theatre Ensemble and performed as an actor/dancer in You Are What You Do, Rascals and Numskulls, Langston Hughes and Tobacco Troubadour. Tanis still holds down a part-time job as a picture framer, loves a good nature hike and a solid lake swim.
Lisa Crapsi credits her interest in fitness and all things unconventional for leading her to the Hamilton Aerial Group in 2010. Lisa began dance at a young age but did not continue to pursue it past the age of 15. Lisa believes that it was seeing Lori LeMare’s performance at Jamesville Community Centre that sparked her love for dance again. What Lisa enjoys most about this craft is the mix between strength and beauty. She continues to be a proud member of the team and is so grateful for the experiences, opportunities and friendships that have developed from being a part of the Hamilton Aerial Group.
Laura Hunt is happiest when she’s upside down. She is a gymnast at heart and her love for acrobatics has taken many forms over the years. She has experience in ballet, cheerleading, acro-balance and yoga. The Hamilton Aerial Group allows her to combine her interests and it is the perfect outlet for creative expression. Laura loves exploring movement and collaborating with other artists.
Asia Laviolette first became fascinated by aerial silks while watching a performance when she was on vacation and decided to try a class just for fun to celebrate her 25th birthday. She was immediately hooked and joined the Hamilton Aerial Group not long after. Asia has always been active and from the time she could walk, her parents signed her up for every activity possible even though she was terribly uncoordinated at conventional sports. Although her dance experience from ages 3-13 provided a foundation for her to pick up aerial arts quickly, Asia never felt passionate or that she “fit in” with these activities until she found silks. Asia is a speech language pathologist by day and enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescue puppy Jackson.
Tricia Cook was introduced to the thrilling heights, physical challenge and energetic community of the early stages of HAG in November 2011. Since then she has been performing in fundraisers, festivals, corporate events, and theatre shows. When she is not getting tangled in the fabric, scaling a rope or stilt walking she is traveling, teaching, building things, growing vegetables, and studying.
Tammy Penny became interested in aerial silks when she saw an outdoor show during one of Hamilton’s art crawls. She had been a competitive provincial trampolinist during highschool, and has missed the sport since having to stop during university. Learning aerials has been the perfect mix of art and acrobatics for Tammy, and she is thrilled to be a part of HAG. Tammy works as a registered nurse and likes to explore many hobbies on the side such as painting, running, playing music, and juggling.
Michelle Prosek – All it took was a one day introductory circus class, and it was love at first inversion. Michelle has been training as an aerialist since 2011, and joined the Hamilton Aerial Group in 2015. Aerial performance is a perfect combination of focus, art, and creativity which brings together years of Michelle’s accumulated experiences ranging from glass arts, competitive swimming, performance wear design, aerial yoga, science, and holistic health practices.
While her focus is on stilt performance, aerial sling and silks, Michelle is also exploring performance with corde lisse, Levitation wand, juggling, and poi! Website: http://michelleprosek.com
Stephanie Park is a dancer, stilt walker and theatrical clown. Her delight is rooted in deep and playful interactions with others that provoke movement, joy and wonder. She studied clown with John Turner (of Mump and Smoot) and with Helen Donnelly (of Foo Productions). Her clown performances include a solo performance as Wooshla at April Foolery 2017 (a fundraiser for Mental Health), and HAG events: an archaeology conference, La Nuit du Frisson, The Paradise Project.
A member since 2016, Stephanie also brings a background of dance (ballet, salsa and swing dance) into her performances. And on stilts, she loves to bring in her clown and play with the audience.
Outside of HAG Stephanie is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, a mom, wife and an aspiring urban farmer.