Meet the Company
Joshua Dean is an NYC based circus entertainer, award winning Burlesque performer, and aerial instructor. He has performed across the US, China, and the 7 seas. He is co-owner of Manhattan’s Aerial Arts NYC.
From early on while growing up on a farm in Ohio, he knew he wanted to be on the stage. He received a BFA from Ohio University in Dance, and then traveled to NYC to start his career. He has worked for regional theater across the US, has danced for legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, and has performed on Norwegian and Princess Cruise Lines.
As an aerialist and circus performer, he has worked with many NYC event planners and entertainment companies to create and perform solo and duo acts for night clubs, weddings, holiday parties, and more. He combines his early training in dance with his aerial and ground acrobatics to give party goers and audiences a masculine yet graceful cirque performance. His blend of theatricality, death defying skills, and artistry make him a unique and exciting aerial and circus performer.
Joshua is known as the “Cirquelesque Sensation” for combining the art of burlesque with the clowning and acrobatics of circus. As part of 2toFly, he has won the title of Best Small Group at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Competition in Las Vegas and together they have traveled doing two person shows and have headlined Burlesque and variety shows.
He is the artistic director of 2 Ring Circus. 2 Ring Circus has created 2 original shows that have toured the US and their original production, "Cirque Le Jazz", has toured throughout China. The company has acted as dance and circus choreographers of “Wizard of Oz” at Syracuse Stage, “Godspell” at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and “Seussical” at CFRT. They have created circus choreography for productions at the the LA Opera, Fulton Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, and Syracuse Ballet. Joshua has also choreographed the aerial and circus moments for “The Tempest” at Hartford Stage directed by Darko Tresnjak, “Carnival” at Goodspeed Opera House directed by Darko Tresnjak and choreographed by Peggy Hickey, and productions for the ARACA Project and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Joshua currently teaches regular aerial classes at Aerial Arts NYC and Body & Pole. Having studied teaching theory and have held multiple personal training certifications, he uses his knowledge of kinesiology and progressions to coach students to execute aerial acrobatics with finesse and ease. He brings his love of circus to students of all skills and body types. It does not matter if you are training for fun, fitness, or to learn a new skill, he will help guide you through your Aerial journey through technique, patience, and joy.
To learn more about Joshua, please visit his personal website: www.aerialjosh.com