Sylvia Louis is a professional circus aerialist, pole artist, devoted yoga practitioner, choreographer and instructor.
Sylvia has been fascinated with the trapeze since she was a child. A gymnast from a young age, she dreamed of flying through the air and became enamoured with aerial acrobatics the first time she climbed on a trapeze.
She graduated from the professional circus arts program at the world-renowned école nationale de cirquein Montréal, which is often considered the top school of contemporary circus arts in the world.
Sylvia’s artistic career has taken her to Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. She is grateful for a career that offers travel opportunities to see beautiful places, meet amazing people and experience different cultures across 6 continents.
Sylvia has performed with numerous well-known companies around the globe. Everyone always asks whether she has performed with Cirque du Soleil. Yes, she has worked for this company in their show La Nouba and it was a wonderful experience.
Other performance highlights include: Germany’s Palazzo Variété, Sweden’s Cirkus Prinsessan Festival, Holland’s Holiday on Ice, Finland’s Cirque Dracula and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. For more details, click on the links under “Performance Experience”.
Sylvia is the winner of the 2012 PPS International Aerial Arts Tournament in Hong Kong and has also performed aerial stunts for feature films & TV.
Her performance specialties include solo and duo aerial silks, aerial hoop, static trapeze, acrobatic/aerial pole and adagio.
“To be creative means to be in love with life.” ~ Osho
Sylvia is a creative artist known for her stunning fusion of strength, flexibility and grace. When in the air, she feels a freedom to move her body and express herself in a way not found when both feet are firmly planted on the ground. Every time she is on stage, Sylvia expresses her emotions through her choreography and her passion for performing, and leaves the audience feeling as though they have been temporarily transformed into another world.
In search of a new artistic outlet, Sylvia discovered pole dancing. She was inspired to merge her circus acrobatics with the sensuous moves of pole dance. The result of this artistic exploration has brought Sylvia to the competitive stage as an international pole artist. In her first pole competition, the 2011 Canadian Pole Fitness Championships, Sylvia placed 2nd runner up in the Pro Division and has also been a pro finalist in 3 other national championships. In international pole competitions, she has represented Canada at the 1st World Pole Sport Championships in London in 2012, 2nd Pole World Cup in Rio in 2012 and the 2013 Pan American Pole Championships in Rio. Recently, she partnered with another circus artist to create Aeria Duet, a pole duo that performs for local and international events.
Sylvia holds a variety of nationally and internationally recognized teaching certifications. She teaches local and international workshops through her company Aerialesque™. In an effort to fuse contemporary circus with traditional styles of circus arts, Sylvia was invited by the Vietnamese National Circus Federation to teach and choreograph pole and aerial disciplines for a performance in Hanoi in 2013.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw
Playing at the Giant Laughing Statues – English Bay, Vancouver.
When not performing aerial circus arts or pole acrobatics, Sylvia loves to rock climb and attend yoga classes.
Embrace your passion and let your spirit soar. Love every moment!
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” ~ Stella Adler
“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression, in time and movement, of happiness, joy, sadness and envy.” ~ Jacques d’Ambroise