Mercedes (Sadie) LeDonna & Shawn Kellogg

(Owners, Coaches)

Sadie LeDonna has performed as an aerialist, clown and acrobat around the Pacific Northwest since age 15, debuting on the aerial hoop in a New Old Time Chautauqua show. She has created independent shows, toured with the New Old Time Chautauqua and worked as a part of smaller companies.

She has received training in aerial arts, acrobatics, dance, and clowning in San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, Brattleboro VT, and Quebec City.  She also studied social circus with Cirque De Soleils’ social circus training company, Cirque du Monde. She aims to bring a joy of movement and physical well-being to as many people as possible. She has taught at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle and UMO School of Physical Theater on Vashon Island, as well as small aerial studios, crossfit gyms and festivals around the Pacific Northwest.  

Shawn Kellogg has been studying movement and performing circus arts since 2010. He trained intensively at the San Francisco Circus Center and Ecole De Cirque de Québec. He also studied social circus with Cirque De Soleil’s social circus training company Cirque du Monde. He specializes in hand balancing, ground acrobatics, and juggling. Shawn has created independent shows, toured with the New Old Time Chautauqua and worked in smaller companies.

Shawn is also a school certified structural integration practitioner and has studied kinesiology at The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork as well as with Anatomy Trains Structural Integration. He has also studied osteopathically derived manual therapy techniques, functional movement training and developmental movement patterns. He loves reading contemporary research on the neuroscience of pain and how to optimize physical performance. 

Ruth Choudhury

(Aerial Sling, Aerial Yoga, Adult Resistance Training) 

Ruth Choudhury began her love affair with Aerial dance after taking a class in Los Angeles in 2013. Finding an immediate love and connection to the fabric, she knew it was something she wanted to explore further and with a background in dance from early childhood, it was a natural progression into the world of aerial. 

Ruth has received extensive mentorship training and certification in Aerial Dance under the guidance of Kimberely Simonetti founder of Up Flying Yoga Los Angeles, and in 2015 Ruth began teaching Aerial Dance at Up Flying Yoga.

Ruth has performed as both aerialist and aerial bartender at numerous Los Angeles events with the aerial troupe The Lovely Hearts. She has also appeared as herself on multiple reality shows and local Los Angeles T.V news shows demonstrating and teaching aerial.  It brings Ruth no greater joy than to share the love she has for aerial and help bring that exhilaration to others.  

Julaine Hall

(General Circus, Chinese Pole, Aerial Rope)

Julaine has been engaged in circus since she was 2 years old and performing since she was 5. She’s a generalist with some of her favorite disciplines being Chinese Pole, Aerial Rope, Aerial Straps, Handstands, Acrobatics/Group Acrobatics, and Juggling. She has performed in numerous notable venues and events such as Teatro ZinZanni, Moisture Fest, Circus Smirkus, and several Acrobatic Conundrum shows. In her free-time, besides circus, she loves to play guitar, write songs, and read. Fun facts, Julaine has been homeschooled up until college and speaks a bit of French.

Alex Eisenberg

(Hooping)

For the past decade hooping has been a portal of transformation for Alex. Learning to waist hoop at age 22 was Alex’s gateway into reconnecting with her body after many years of being ruled by shame and fear around movement. Her hoops have been some of her most reliable and unexpected allies on her healing journey and in her pursuit of joyful connection and soulful embodiment.

Alex learned how to hoop, for the most part, via online tutorials and the virtual hoop community, but she has also been lucky enough to learn directly from some of her hooping heroes and from the Kaleidoscope Collective in Seattle. These days she loves busking with her hoops on the streets of Port Townsend and performing with her fire hoop as part of the local Mosaic Fire Collective.

Over the years, Alex has taught a number of hoop workshops and has had several one-on-one students, but is still fairly new to teaching. Her background in facilitating rites-of-passage, ritual, and grief work informs her whole-person approach. She begins each class with a brief personal check-in and hopes to support students in channelling their emotional experiences into embodied practice. She’s excited to join the Pop-Up team and to translate the best of what she knows to new hoopers young and old!

Ioana 

(Active Flexibility & Aerial Conditioning)

Ioana started her aerial arts journey in 2013 and has been an instructor since 2014. She is driven to perform by the desire to express strong themes through aerial arts. She loves incorporating vibrant costuming and theatrics into her performances. She is a performer and instructor who comes from a gymnastics/springboard diving background. Ioana has taught an array of aerial arts and specialty group fitness classes focused on flexibility. She continues to train for competitions/performances while teaching and sharing her love of circus arts to others. Ioana particularly loves power moves and focuses on helping students build up their strength and fluidity of movement.A

Leta

(Aerial Fabric)

Leta Fetherolf first fell in love with circus art on Orcas Island in 2015. Since that time, she has performed as the Magicians Assistant on the award-winning show, MAGIC NOW; traveled on two tours with The New Old Time Chautauqua, and participated in an artist-in-residency at the Lookout Arts Quarry. Leta is a teacher, plant nerd, and dog mom and is proud to be performing alongside her home circus studio friends at Pop Up Movement.

Kate Shepard 

(Circus Tots)

Kate started taking classes at Pop-Up shortly after it opened and has rarely left the building since. She quickly took to circus arts, particularly aerial sling and had her debut performance in Feb 2024. 
She is a mother of three (all who take classes at Pop-Up), so she’s an experienced kid wrangler, as well as a musician, baker and all around lovely human. 

 
 

Loki

(Cyr Wheel)

I started my circus journey a few years ago thinking “this all looks so cool! I wanna do all of it… except cyr wheel, I don’t ever want to do that.” Yet for the past four years I have somehow found myself living and breathing cyr wheel. Initially terrified of crushing my fingers and thinking being on the ground wasn’t as good as being in the air, I avoided cyr wheel. At some point, for completeness sake, I decided that I guess I had to try it. I learned that crushing fingers isn’t even something to worry about, it just doesn’t happen. And for me, spinning freely in the cyr wheel waltz has felt more like flying than any skyward knot I’ve ever tied myself in. I, however, was not a natural at cyr wheel. Few people are, but my teacher certainly was and I was particularly bad. Although I am performing professionally now, it was a struggle to get here for me. After the lockdown, when the world started reopening I began teaching classes using my own struggles as a guidance, so that anyone can learn cyr wheel.

Testimonials

Sadie and Shawn recently visited our local elementary school to lead our students through a Circus Arts Workshop. The day was filled with movement, play, and laughter – leaving each and every one of our students feeling excited about their time in class and eager to learn more. The way in which Sadie and Shawn engaged ALL of our students was really a testament to their ability to make circus arts accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities. Our school would be lucky to have them back and we would highly recommend their workshop for students and adults alike!

-Alex Craighead, Chautuaqua Elementary School PE Teacher

Shawn and Sadie have been working with both of my children for years. Having worked with many coaches, I can hands down say that Sadie and Shawn are some of the best my we have worked with. Their commitment to the craft mingles with their playful and loving personalities to generate an environment that inspires both of my kids every week.

-Nekole Shapiro, Parent

Unexpectedly Shawn and Sadie go beyond the standard coaches! Yes, they have strong skills that they translate well to kids, I expect this, but Shawn is also a caring and deeply observant person.  Making sure my daughter has fun and also watching how her body subtly moves to prevent injury, accommodating just enough when she is tired or overwhelmed, working with her to move beyond her perceived limitations.

-Michelle Mickle, Parent