headshot of Eric Allen, straps coach


Eric Allen started his circus career in a cotton mill at a place called Nimble Arts when he was 15 years old. Since then, he has toured with such shows as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Circus Sarasota, The Midnight Circus, and The Big Apple Circus. Although he specializes in aerial straps, he has a deep passion for clowning and tight wire as well. A lifelong love of silent movies and slapstick has motivated him to combine circus and theatrics in an equal and balanced way. After many years of touring, performing, and coaching he looks forward to being back where he started out to create and share what he’s learned.

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