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ABOUT AVION

our story

EVERYDAY PEEPS, EXTRAORDINARY FEATS

Since its early beginnings in 2010, Avion has been the leading aerial circus studio in Western Sydney and has grown into the largest specialised aerial circus studio in Australia!

Under the guidance and tuition of professional circus artist, Melise’ Avion, her team of highly trained instructors adore teaching and are extremely passionate about sharing their love for all things aerial and circus! Offering the highest quality of classes and professional training, they understand the importance of encouraging students to not only grow muscles but confidence, self-esteem & friendships.

Offering classes & private tuition in a large range of aerial apparatus’ including, silks, lyra, trapeze, straps & sling/hammock to name a few, as well as various circus ground classes such as acrobatics & tumbling, flexibility & contortion, juggling/ manipulation skills, hula hooping, hand balancing & more.

Avion Aerial Circus School offers a structured, unique and progressive syllabus that caters for all levels of fitness and abilities from complete beginners to professional-level aerialists.

For the complete beginner – Aerial & circus training is a fun alternative to the gym for those that would like to build strength, tone core and upper body muscles & increase their flexibility – it gives you a full body workout whilst still having fun!

For the aspiring professional aerialist – Avion Aerial Circus School provides training that will open the doorways to successful careers in the aerial and circus entertainment industries. Taught by industry professionals and pushed to your limits!

Our regular student showcases are a highlight of our year & offer a unique opportunity for students to perform for their family & friends – our studio converts into an amazing theatre, providing a platform for students to showcase their skills and express their creative talents in a safe, encouraging environment.

Please join us for a FREE* trial class and see why we are a leader in the industry!

* Free trial class for Teen & Adult classes. Paid trial classes are available for kids classes as availabilities allow. 

OUR VISION

Enrich lives, by introducing people to the world of circus and prove that ‘everyday peeps can achieve extraordinary  feats’ by providing a innovative syllabus & program, world-class training, professional-level performances in a state-of-the-art aerial circus facility & fully equipped theatre space.

OUR Values

At Avion, we believe that aerial & circus arts plays a major role in improving physical, emotional & mental wellbeing. We understand the importance of community & creating a culture of teamwork that fosters a sense of belonging. We strive to build self-confidence by offering an encouraging, inclusive & fun environment, where both children & adults alike feel safe to expand their imagination & develop their own unique artistry through self-expression.

TEAM AVION

OUR TEAM

Melise Avion Director of Avion Aerial Circus School and Avion Entertainment Company
Melisé Avion
DIRECTOR

Melisé is an award-winning circus artist and Director/ Owner of both ‘Avion Aerial Circus School’ and ‘Avion Aerial Entertainment Company’.

Melisé begun her career with the Brophy Aerial Theatre Company performing with Circus Carousel and has spent the last 16 years performing around Australia for many high profile companies and TV shows such as Coca Cola Amatil, Commonwealth Bank, Pandora Australia, The CEO Magazine, McDonalds Family Restaurants, Energy Australia, Fremantle Media, Mazda Australia… just to name a few.

In 2012, Melisé performed live as solo aerialist on Foxtel’s Australia’s Next Top Model Grand Finale’ Show, Channel Ten’s X-Factor performing with singer Cat Vas in 2013 & Channel Nine’s Australia’s Got Talent 2013 where she made it to the Grand Final round performing with her student Paul Nunnari & his flying wheelchair act. In 2019, Paul & Melise were invited to Rome, Italy by TV8 and Guinness World Records to set a new world record, which they not only set but then broke on the show.

At the 3rd Annual Australian Circus Festival, Melise was voted ‘Best Female Artist’ while her circus school was voted ‘Most Outstanding Community Circus School’. Melisé has also been a member of the Australian Circus Festival judging panel since 2014.

Melisé has trained with some of the worlds best coaches including internationally-renowned Russian coach, Victor Fomine. She has an extensive expertise in many aerial apparatuses including aerial silks(tissu), lyra, duo lyra, sling/hammock, aerial chains & spanish web…just to name a few. Today, Melisé specialises in aerial straps & hand-balancing including her latest chair-stacking act.

Melisé is also a qualified personal trainer & fitness instructor but enjoys more than anything sharing her love of circus arts with her students & finds great pleasure in watching her students grow, flourish & achieve their dreams.

ADMIN TEAM

Wendy Begue

Studio & Office Manager
INSTRUCTORS

Melise Avion

Director | Instructor

Ell McNiven

Head Instructor | Instructor

Lauren Cosentino

Creative Co-ordinator | Instructor

India Rhey

Youth Manager | Instructor

Carissa O'Connor

Instructor

Aalia Sipos

Instructor

Melissa Anderson

Instructor

Cherrie Mynott

Instructor

Alana Ketteringham

Instructor

Sebastian Dei Rossi

Instructor

Shanae Thorpe

Instructor

All Avion Aerial Circus School Instructors hold a current Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) and First Aid Certificate.

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

GOOGLE REVIEWS
SUBMITTED TO AVION
Michelle Old Testimonial Trapeze Student 2022

I’ve been an adult student with Avion for 9 years and have loved every minute of the training i get there. The instructors are great supporters, classes are really fun and it’s easy to make new friends and quickly start practicing a routine that you can just do in class or choose to perform at end of year. Grading isn’t forced either, it’s entirely up to you whether you want to push yourself or not.

Michelle Old

Bek Brooking Testimonial Review

Dear Mel,
I am just writing to thank you for your amazing aerial school, Avion Aerial Arts. For years I have loved the aerial arts and always wanted to learn how to fly like those talented artists in Cirque du Soleil! I was thoroughly excited when I saw that you had junior classes starting at the studio where my daughters learn cheerleading and tumbling. I couldn’t enrol my eldest daughter fast enough! Then I learned that you taught adults as well! I couldn’t contain my excitement and immediately enquired to see if there was availability for myself and a girlfriend to attend. It was the best decision of my life! A little apprehensive at first, my first instructor, Lauren, helped me get off the ground with a ton of encouragement. It took me weeks to finally get up that silk and it was the best feeling in the world! A year later and I’m still coming back each week to learn something new and practice all the tricks that I have learnt over the past year.

On Sunday (7th December) I performed in the Beginner Showcase for the first time. I was a bundle of nerves but with Mel and Fern’s encouragement I managed to get out there and do my bit in our class production. I must admit I am still on a high from actually getting through the performance!

Mel is not only an amazing performer herself but one of the most encouraging and awesome instructors I have met. Mel goes above and beyond to help you no matter how trivial the request. All the instructors that I have attended classes with are professional, friendly and most of all encouraging. They go out of their way to help you no matter what mess you get yourself into! Since joining the school, I (40 years old) and my two daughters (aged 10 and 8), have felt very much a part of the aerial family! I am twice as old as most of my classmates and not flexible or athletic in anyway but as far as Mel and her instructors are concerned that doesn’t matter, as long as you have a willingness to learn that’s what is most important!

We love it very much and would recommend Melise Avion of Avion Aerial Arts to anyone interested in learning a new skill!
Thank you Mel for everything you have done for my girls and I.

Bekk Brooking

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