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Ivo Iliev

A vice world champion in acrobatics by the age of 15, Ivelin Iliev initiated a prestigious career in show business with both performing and teaching. Ivelin’s achievements and qualifications in the world of acrobatics have seen him achieve great success in his two homes in Europe and Australia. Ivelin was the first acrobat in Bulgaria to achieve a press to handstand on one arm, becoming a pioneer in the art of handstands and having a huge influence in the future development of one arm handstand work.

Having  worked in the biggest and best institutions in Australia including Circus Oz, National Institute of Circus Arts(NICA), South Australian Circus Centre, several dance schools and gymnastic clubs in Melbourne, his coaching skills created many medal winning champions.  Having developed his coaching skills of over 25 years into the world of acrobatics and its varied genres, he has the ability to break down a high level skill to one that is achievable. He is a charismatic teacher who makes disciplined training fun.


Freya Chandler

Freya has 20 years of experience performing and teaching a variety of disciplines including acrobatics, adagio, aerial arts, yoga, contemporary dance and even the can-can. Freya truly believes in the power of physical activity and am passionate about assisting people to stay active and strong and also to form great relationships with their bodies and their fellow artists and students.

Freya has a diploma in contemporary dance, Cert 4 in personal training and is qualified as a Gymnastics Australia coach.

Freya currently teaches at Jets gymnastics, Zfit aerials studio’s in Bendigo and Sprung Circus Daylesford and is thrilled to be joining Castlemaine Circus and to bring her work into her home community.

Mara Macs


Mara has been working as a circus trainer for nearly 20 years, with extensive experience in the Castlemaine/Daylesford region. Mara is a dedicated and active community member coordinating and organising many community events, festivals, and performances in particular involving young people and their engagement in these events with circus.

Mara has a wide range of interests including promoting the arts and cultural activites, tolerance, sustainable practices and promoting a healthy environment. After many years of dedicated training in several acrobatic forms of martial arts (Free Form, WuSu, and Capioera), family life refreshed her focus towards engaging children in physical activity through acrobatics and circus. At first the change was made in an effort to provide an appropriate physical practice for children that offered a wide range of physical challenges, and the Daylesford Community Circus School was born. But soon the potential for the positive ways the children could contribute to their community through performance, and the strong, trusting, creative friendships that were developing between children of varying ages and schools, hooked Mara into committing to providing circus in our communities for the long term.

Flynn Patrao


Flynn Patrao is a Parkour Practitioner, Instructor and Gymnastics Coach based in Bendigo. Flynn has been practising Parkour and Freerunning for 12 years and has been involved in the Australian Parkour movement since its beginnings. Flynn is head coach at Jets Gymnastics in Bendigo where he coaches children of all ages in the various gym sports and runs the school’s gymnastics program. Flynn has a passion for movement and educating others in new and creative ways to use their bodies and safely push the limits of their own experience.

Cameron MacLeman

Cameron has been teaching Parkour for 8 years and Gymnastics for the last 2 years as a Beginner Coach. He has been a Parkour and Freerunning Practitioner for 12 years and is studying Outdoor Education. Cameron has worked at Jets Gymnasium and Xteme inc and leads Parkour demonstrations and workshops for all ages in Central Victoria. He brings all these experiences to our fabulous Parkour program and is a very approachable, engaging instructor.


Eric Jarlaud


Eric was born in France and came to Australia when he was 4 years old. Having a strong background in outdoor adventures throughout his younger years kept him busy with trips to Nepal Mountaineering.

Eric The Red has toured across Australia, New Zealand and France with his original set of juggling tricks and balancing feats. Eric The Red has performed at prestigious art festivals including the Perigueux Mime Festival and Avignon Festival in France and Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Based in Daylesford he lives with his partner and 8-year-old daughter.

Mandy Field


Mandy is a producer, director and multi platform artist. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Performance Making in 2005, Mandy has focused on creating cross-platform outcomes, and producing events and initiatives that reflect local identity and place, drawing on a synthesis of physical theatre, visual theatre and interactive video to create live arts experiences for audiences.

Mandy has trained extensively in Butoh and Dance Theatre with Kazuo, Yoshito Ohno and Min Tanaka in Japan; in Physical Theatre and Circus with the Angry Mime, Spaghetti Circus, Theatre of the Ordinary, Brin Prichard and Simon Adams; and Visual Theatre with Sue Giles and Philipe Genty.

Mandy worked for 3 years as Program Manager with Polyglot Theatre (2007-2010), where she managed lengthy creative developments, festivals tours and seasons at the Melbourne International Arts Festival and Singapore Arts Festival, and has directed and produced large scale outcomes for The Village Festival (2005-2013), The Big West Festival (2005), Yalikut Wilam Ngargee Indigenous Arts Festival (2010), The Friendship Djerrip Festival (2007), The Woodford Folk Festival (2001-2006), The Falls Festival (2008-2013), This Is Not Art Festival in Newcastle (2006), The Regional Arts Conference in Launceston (2010), and The Castlemaine State Festival (2011 & 2013).

She has worked as artistic director, creative producer, tour manager, event manager, and has most recently spent 2 years as Creative Producer with Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP), working with regional and remote communities of Outback NSW. Mandy is currently working as a Director of a new work for young audiences for Outback Theatre for Young People, is Producer on the award winning Marruk Project (Swan Hill, Vic) and The Book of Shadows (Darwin/Indonesia), and is the co-founder of Castlemaine Circus Inc (Vic).

Marina Ciccarelli

Marina has trained and taught in Napoli, Italy at the sports centre Kokokan for five years specialising in aerial silks and static trapeze. She has studied and collaborated with Neapolitan and international aerial artists and performed at local festivals and public and private shows. She also has a strong background in gymnastics and classical and modern dance.

She has developed a contemporary European style of silks training and aerial performance not often practised in Australia.

Anita Alexander

Anita trained in Contemporary Dance and Circus Arts in New Zealand.

She went on to create, perform and teach in tours throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, UK, Norway and Iceland. She has performed in solo, duo and group shows at festivals, functions, cabarets and parties. Her main performance areas are Aerial Silks, Doubles Static Trapeze, Acrobalance, Stiltwalking and Hoola Hooping.

Anita has taught children and adults in dance and circus at Women’s Circus, Circus OZ, Westside Circus, National Youth Drama School in NZ as well as her privately run classes in Handstand and Static Trapeze in Melbourne.

Her teaching style has involved the development of ideas, skills and shows with a diverse range of people. She loves helping people develop circus skills, flexibility and strength while also enhancing self confidence, body awareness, self expression, creativity and collaboration skills. Anita is a very positive and encouraging teacher.


Rachel Leary

Rachel is a performer, theatre maker, writer and arts facilitator. She has trained extensively in improvisation, physical theatre and clown.  For over fifteen years she has provided roving entertainment and childrens’ entertainment for hundreds of corporate and community events, and worked for three years with the Arts Health Institute bringing humour and creativity to aged care. She has taught and facilitated community circus and theatre classes and workshops for children and adults.

In 2011 her one-woman character comedy show (written and performed) ‘Everything Must Go’ premiered at La Mama, and over the next three years toured regional Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, playing at over 100 venues.

She has published and won awards for a number of pieces of short fiction and in 2017 Allen & Unwin published her novel Bridget Crack,a finalist in the 2017 Mud Literary Prize for Australian debut fiction.


Minka Peters – Student Trainer

Minka Peters has been studying Aerial with the Castlemaine Circus for two years. She has also trained in Contemporary dance and Gymnastics.

Minka has recently completed her Junior Gymnastics Coach Certificate with Gymnastics Australia and is contracted with us as a Student Trainer in Aerial class. She is warm, focused and very positive with our beginner Aerial students.


Margaret Kirby

Margaret Kirby

Margaret has 35 years experience in acrobatics, gymnastics and circus instructing. She has performed and taught with Circus Oz and the Women’s Circus. Specialising in trapeze, Margaret has co-devised aerial performances for international festivals and events.

Margaret has taught hundreds of students aged 3 – 83! She is a Graduate of VCA in Performing Arts. A stickler for technique, Margaret also believes ‘wherever you are at is perfect’

Margaret is our emergency teacher in Gym for Circus and Aerial Trapeze.