Assistant Director and Dancer
Cari is a Chicagoland native who has been dancing for most her life. She graduated with honors in 2002 with a BA in dance from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Cari has performed with Dance Ceres, Kate Mitchell and Dancers, Maxine Moerman Dancetheatre, and Capacitor. Find out more about Cari at littlecari.com.
Mayuko Hosoai, a native of Japan, was first introduced to modern dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005. In 2007, she was selected to spend one semester studying in a conservatory setting at London Contemporary Dance School. Upon graduation Mayuko moved to San Francisco. She has danced with Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Dance/Theater Shannon, Here Now Dance Collective, Project B. and RAWdance.
Dancer and Aerialist
Michele received her first dance training from Contra Costa Ballet. She worked with choreographers Charles Anderson of Company C Ballet and Michael Smuin. In 2009 Michele graduated from UCSB with a BFA in Dance and was granted the Tonia Shimin Award for a promising future in dance and The Corwin Award for choreography. She toured California and China with the UCSB Repertory Company, performing Lar Lubovitch's, Marimba. She danced with Santa Barbara Dance Theater, touring to Busan, Korea before moving to San Francisco to dance with Capacitor.
Elliott Gittelsohn resolved to join the circus at age 12. Through persistence and passion, the next decade brought him an apprenticeship with Circus Smirkus Academy, a degree in the art of clowning at The Clown Conservatory, and over five years of training at Circus Center. At 19, Elliott expanded his repertoire to include contortion, training under his mentor, the award-winning Mongolian contortionist Serchmaa Byamba. Elliott has since performed for New Pickle Circus, Velocity Circus, Earth Circus and Circus Finelli. He is a member of Capacitor, the Vau de Vire Society, Barnaby's Boylesque and the resident contortionist at Supperclub SF.
Contortionist and Hand Balancer
Twisted by fate and charmed by the stars... Inka has been entertaining audiences with an illuminating smile and arresting energy since she was three. In her dancing circus life, the strangest things are routine. Esquire Magazine dubbed her “Sexy and Deadly” after she set the Guinness World Record for “Farthest arrow shot into a target with the feet” while in contortion hand stand. Inka has one goal in this span of time on planet Earth, to entertain YOU with the impossible.
Julia Ogrydziak began playing the violin at the age of 3 and made her solo debut at age 6. She has performed throughout Europe and North America, including the Tanglewood Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, with a specialty in contemporary/live electronic music. She has studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, and in Paris. In addition to her violin studies, Ms. Ogrydziak has a Masters of Design degree with Distinction from Harvard and graduated from MIT with dual degrees in Music and Physics, receiving the AMITA award for most outstanding woman graduate. Ms. Ogrydziak is also an award-winning artist and designer, having exhibited in MOMA in NYC and receiving four Webby Awards. She is a Founding Partner of the design and technology firm Blacksquare.
Read more about Julia at julia-o.com and blacksquare.com.
Maggie trained in ballet and jazz on the east coast before graduating from university with a double major in Communications and Theater. After college she moved to London and produced the The Mike Dickin Show at TalkSport Radio. When she moved to the west coast she joined Savage Jazz Dance Company, studied aerial arts at the San Francisco Circus Center, and began clowning for Gooferman and Sisters of Honk. She also performed burlesque with Hubba Hubba Revue. She currently performs with Vau de Vire Society and Capacitor and helps people attain healthier lives through personal training.
ISMAEL ALVAREZ ACOSTA
Originally from Sonora, Mexico, Ismael received his dance training from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey. After graduating he danced with the Ballet de Monterrey until 2009. Ismael performed with Cuerpo Etereo, a modern dance company, throughout Mexico and the USA until 2012. He received aerial dance training when he joined the company Circus, Danza, Teatro & Performance in 2005. Ismael recently moved to San Francisco to become part of the bay area dance community including Capacitor.
Dancer and Acrobat
Micah Walters started his training in gymnastics as a child. He began his training in dance in his teens and has since sought to combine dance and acrobatics into his own personal style. Micah competed in multiple dance competitions in high-school in the categories of jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, and modern. He has performed for the American Ballet Academy, Velocity Circus, The Vau de Vire Society, and City Circus before joining Capacitor.
Michelle Ellis graduated from Nutmeg Conservatory’s post-high school program and the Lines Ballet Training program. Michelle has performed with Ballet Austin as a trainee, and then joined City Ballet of San Diego in 2006, performing classical, contemporary, and neo-classical works. In the Bay Area, Michelle danced three seasons with Napoles Ballet and guested with Santa Clara Ballet and Black Diamond Ballet. She is currently working with Sarah Berges Dance Company and Emote Dance Theater, performing primarily contemporary works. Michelle is enthralled to be working with such a dynamic and thought provoking company as Capacitor.