Photo by Dan Huziak Shot at Circus Sessions 2018, produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre.
Erin Ball is a circus artist and coach based in Kingston, Ontario and she is the owner of Kingston Circus Arts. Her disciplines include aerial silks and trapeze, both solo and duo, wheelchair acrobatics and aerial wheelchair, flexibility and hooping. Erin is also experienced with aerial hoop, partner acrobatics and hand-balancing. She took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in the loss of her lower legs. She has returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing. She loves adapting and creating new/differentways of executing skills.
She has trained at many schools in Ontario, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and many more. She has many movement certifications, including several Fabric and Trapeze Teacher Trainings (NECCA), Hooping Instructor (Body Hoops), Mat Pilates Instructor (Balanced Body), Yoga Teacher Training (The Yoga Studio, Toronto), Handstands (Deflying Fitness) and many others. She also received a diploma in Fitness and Lifestyle Management from George Brown College in Toronto.
Erin loves to move and to connect with others through movement and play. She performs and teaches regularly in Kingston and the surrounding areas. Erin teaches all bodies, shapes, sizes and situations. She has worked with amputees, people who use wheelchairs, Autism Ontario, etc. She also teaches a workshop called Flying Footless, a course for aerial coaches working with lower limb amputees.
Some of Erin’s current performance projects include LEGacy Circus with Vanessa Furlong (a show that is a combination of stilt dancing, prosthetic legs, synchronized acrobatics, partner acrobatics, duo trapeze and more) and Cyborg E.R.I.N , directed and co-created by Sonia Norris, aerial dramaturgy by Rebecca Leonard and performed with Chris Stroesser (a piece where Erin has various leg attachments such as smoke grenades, confetti cannons, light up legs etc and her cyborg character has been created by a scientist for the sole purpose of being an aerialist). Another project is called Creature, choreographed with Michele Frances (A combination of hand balancing, flexibility and hula hooping. The act explores a unique aesthetic and interesting physical possibilities that are created by amputation/ adaptability/innovation) and Cone Legs, a single point trapeze piece with leg extensions that are shaped like cones, choreographed with Aimée Hancock. Erin also created an aerial wheelchair piece. It was choreographed and conceived by Heidi Latsky in collaboration with Erin and is an excerpt of the show D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. Erin sometimes creates art through humour and other times through realness, pertaining to her life as an amputee.
Erin also writes a column for The Kingston Whig Standard newspaper, called No Feet and a Heartbeat, about life since her accident.
Find out more about Erin’s classes and performances at https://kingstoncircusarts.com.