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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  • 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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  • 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

    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. He has won the title of Ukrainian champion in trampoline multiple times. In 2003 Marat graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Education majoring i...
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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 Zacada shortly after they opened. Vanessa has been coaching aerial and circus arts since 2007. She has performed the static trapeze, cube and skipping. She is trained to teach many circus appara...
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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 training and performing on for over 3 years, but Selah also has experience performing on and coaching trapeze, cube, hoop, and skipping. Selah is a certified gymn...
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  • Kalyna Kuzyk

    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 throughout her provincial gymnastics career, Kaly has had a wide variety of opportunities in both the circus and sport worlds. Her experiences include working with ...
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  • Alexa Compare

    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 internationally for 6 years as a soloist and group performer representing Rhythm Plus Dance Company. In 2011, she placed as the 2nd runner up in Petite Miss CCDMA Pagea...
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  • Mary Elizabeth Allen

    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 proper safety techniques. She specializes in trapeze and Spanish web. Mary-Elizabeth is committed to helping kids develop new skills and gain confidence i...
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  • Jessie DiPasquale

    Jessie is one of Zacada's newest coaches.  She has recently received her Level 1 NCCP training and is very enthusiastic excited about passing on her knowledge of circus.  She 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.   Jessie specializes in trapeze and is constantly researching and bringing in new skills on the trap...
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  • Victoria Avery

    Victoria is one of our newest coaches.  She has recently received her NCCP level 1.  She has been a student with Zacada for 5 years.  Victoria's love of circus was evident from when she first joined the aerial program.  She enjoys working with children and sharing her passion for circus.
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