Staff Profiles Who We Are

Jackie Zalewski

Instructor/Youth program director

"Jackie teaches with unwavering encouragement & genuine excitment at her student's personal victories. Her belief in her students ability, combined with her gentle and positive coaching, makes us accomplish things we never considered possible."

- Laurie , student

Jackie is always there with a friendly loving ear, to encourage and help in any way she can. This is what makes her an exceptional instructor, not only for kids, but for people of all ages.

Jackie started studying circus in 2006 (right alongside Niff) and hasn't looked back.  With a background as a professional dancer; she has performed internationally, but has discovered in her travels that nothing has brought her more joy than teaching others.

In 2008 Jackie became the Yough Aerial Program Coordinator at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and grew the program to be the strongest program in the region. 

Jackie has led youth programs from tots to teens and has taught at numerous summer camps, including most recently Circus Smirkus in Vermont. She also currently teaches at Circus Place in NJ as a master coach,  as well as leading pilot summer camp programs. She not only studies aerials, but is also a gifted yogi and contortion instructor, and for this reason is a highly regarded teacher for all ages in the Philadelphia region.  

Her hope is to develop a strong program for Youth to learn all of the aspects of circus arts.  She would love to see the Philadelphia circus community continue to evolve and grow, with more opportunities for people to express themselves through the medium of circus.