Meet Our Coaches

Every Zacada Circus Coach is a professionally certified expert, and is experienced in working with participants of all ages, from toddlers, to teenagers, to adults.


You can feel confident that you and your children are in good hands with our coaches. Our commitment to the on-going development of our coaches results in the very best guidance for fitness improvement and skill development.

  • Kosta Zakharenko | Co-Founder

    Kosta's experience performing with the Cirque du Soleil inspired him to co-found Zacada Circus School with Christine Cadeau, to share their knowledge and love of the circus arts.
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  • Christine Cadeau | Co-Founder

    Christine and Kosta founded Zacada Circus School in 2007 in order to realize their vision of combining elements of fitness and artistic impression to teach the circus arts.
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  • Kayley Pettit | Coach

    As a Zacada Circus School performer and coach, Kayley Pettit draws from her extensive and varied dance career.
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  • Marat Khakimov / Coach

    As an athlete Marat started his training in artistic gymnastics at 6 years of age and transitioned to trampoline later in his career. He was a Ukrainian national team member and a prizewinner of international cups and competitions representing his country on the world stage in trampoline. H...
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  • Angela Cass | Coach

    As a Zacada Circus performer and coach, Angela has the advantage of extensive training in a wide variety of dance forms.
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  • Zach Nearchou / Coach

    Zach has been training in Ninja Warrior for 4 years.  He has qualified for the World Ninja Championships in 2019 and 2020 in the adult category.  Zach has always had a natural curiosity for challenging the body's limits and a drive for conquering obstacles.  Students enjoy Zach's "big br...
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  • Vanessa Rizzotto / Coach

    Vanessa began her circus training 13 years ago when she learned how to fly the trapeze. She first taught and performed across the US with Trapeze Experience for 3 years. Vanessa arrived back to her hometown of Stoney Creek and walked into the doors of Zacad...
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  • Selah Bishop / Coach

    Selah has been a performer with Zacada Circus School since 2012 and has been coaching since 2015. Before circus, Selah spent 8 years training as a competitive gymnast in Hamilton and competed all across Ontario. Currently at Zacada, Selah specializes in Cyr wheel, which she has been trainin...
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  • Kalyna Kuzyk / Coach

    Kaly is currently a coach,and performer with Zacada Circus School. Her 11 years as a gymnast and four years as a performer have given her an extensive repertoire of knowledge in both the technical and artistic parts of circus arts.  Learning from the best both here at Zacada and throughou...
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  • Alexa Compare / Coach

    Alexa Compare- is a dance Pageant title holder, has performed on a project with Cirque du Soleil and a technical dancer- began her journey into her arts at the age of 3 years-old. She is a professionally trained dancer in ballet, tap, acro, jazz, and contemporary. She competed international...
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  • Mary Elizabeth Allen / Coach

    Following five years of gymnastics, Mary-Elizabeth trained with Zacada Circus School between 2014 and 2018. She performed on a variety of aerial apparatus and was a member of the Show Team representing the school at circus shows and festivals. She is a certified gymnastics coach who ensures...
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  • Jessie DiPasquale / Coach

    Jessie has had several years of dance and gymnastics experience before finding her passion in circus and trained and performed in the aerial program at Zacada for 3 years before she was invited to join Zacada's elite performance team.  Jessie specializes in trapeze and is Zacada's Hula Ho...
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  • Victoria Avery / Coach

    Victoria was a student with Zacada for 5 years before receiving her NCCP level 1 coaching certification. Victoria's love of circus was evident from when she first joined the aerial program.  Responsible, patient and reliable, Victoria  enjoys working with children and sharing her pass...
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