Our Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Conlisk

Director of Creative Active Lives CIC

Rachel Conlisk, Director of Creative Active Lives and Spinsonic Circus has been teaching hula hooping since 2013, and teaching circus since 2016.  She specialises in circus style hula hooping, bubbleology,  and has performed on TV and on stage across the UK.

Experienced in a school setting, care home and community settings, and in working with vulnerable groups and people with additional needs, Rachel is passionate about improving physical and mental wellbeing and social interaction through fun physical activity.

Rachel is a Board Member of Active Black Country, a finalist in the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year, Unltd Award winner and a Small Biz 100 alumni.

 

Laura Bee

Laura Bee is a hula hooping, juggling, balancing, plate spinning whizz. Having worked with children for years, a career break resulted in a new career with the circus and she never looked back!

Laura’s encouragement and way with people means even the most reticent and nervous participants engage with and enjoy circus skills activities.

Laura specialises in creative play for young people and older adults with mixed abilities. Her artistic and crafts expertise in indoor and outdoor settings lends itself to a wide variety of sensory, creative experiences that enthrall and delight.

 

Michela Reghellin (Miky Hoops)

Miky Re of hoophoophoop has been teaching in Birmingham for several years. She teaches regular classes to all levels and enjoys creating a joyful and friendly environment for people to learn and practice hooping while having fun! She’s worked in the community and in corporate settings offering a wide range of hula hooping workshops. She’s performed at several hooping and circus events.

Michela is a qualified dance and movement therapist (MA, ADMP UK) and has worked with people with different abilities, physical impairments and mental health issues.

 

Miss Pui Pui

Pui, a.k.a.Miss Pui Pui is an incredible, daredevil circus performer.  Fearlessly dangling high in the air from aerial silks or aerial hoop, she performs with the circus and at events across the UK. A multi-talented powerhouse, Pui also performs with LED hula hoops, Pixel Poi, fire fans, fire hoop, and fire eating.

Pui teaches hula hooping and aerial circus arts at Jewels Academy and Circus MASH.

 

Sean Counley

Sean Counley of Sean Counley Art has been an artist all his life.  From starting as a graphic designer, to opening his own fine art gallery, to illustrating books and designing for multi national organisations, he teaches watercolours, acrylics, charcoal, pencils and other mediums to schools, adults and groups with different abilities.

Sean’s talent, creativity, and passion for art are evident in everything he does, enthusing the group and with his passion and building their confidence in their own abilities.

 

John Ray

John Ray teaches T’ai Chi, and is a member of Seahorse Arts, the Taoist Cultural Association.  He runs weekly classes at Stirchley Baths on Thursdays, 6.30-9.30pm.

John has extensive experience within Care Homes settings and with people who have dementia, and his sessions are relaxing, theraputic and suited to all ages and abilitites.

 

Sally Latham 

Sally, founder of Yogastars Kids, is Cosmic Kids trained and teaches yoga for children, from tots to teens.  With a background in dance and teaching, she made the decision to become a yoga teacher after seeing the benefits first-hand  She loves the ethos of teaching children about the power of yoga for their physical and mental wellbeing by using stories.

Each session involves breathing exercises, yoga poses, mindfulness and relaxation as the kids listen to a story and go on an adventure.

Sessions can be tailored around the needs of the school and group including for additional needs. The theme can be designed to fit into the curriculum or PSHE topic.

As yoga is inclusive and non-competitive all children are guaranteed to be able to take part and achieve.

 

Lee Partridge

Lee is a master of numerous circus disciplines and an experienced teacher and performer.  He also teaches ukulele, performs a fabulous George Formby tribute, and can bring his amazing flea circus to delight the audience as past of his vintage circus entertainment.

As entertainer and performer Lee can bring an enchanting entertainment session or an interactive circus workshop alongside the entertainment.  A unique, amazing entertainer not to be missed!

Karen Duffy

Karen of KD Beatz & Zumba Fitness teaches Zumba, Zumba Gold, Beatz Fitness, and is experienced in working with older adults, dementia groups and care homes.  Her classes focus on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.  Zumba Gold can be adapted for seated participants as well as mobile.

 

Karen brings an incredible energy, warmth and engagement to her sessions and ensures every participant has a fantastic time.  

Rachel Akers

Rachel Akers of Akers of Art studied Visual Arts at university, where she explored many different artistic techniques.

 She worked in a school for 3 years creating murals of their logo and painting inspirational quotes around the school. She also designed posters, leaflets and advertising materials,.

A full time artist, she creates beautiful bespoke sculptures, pieces of jewellery and murals for homes and businesses. Contact us to book Rachel’s jewellery making, canvas painting, and clay workshops.

 

 

Manisha Patel

Manisha teaches several different styles of yoga, and has recently launched a new project Ylectro, a class which fuses yoga with free flow dance.  Her classes run every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Avery Fields Sports Centre.

The Hoop Guy

 

John Parnell is the “Hoop Guy” and he has been Hooping professionally for more than 10 years, and reached the Semi-Final of Britain’s Got Talent 2017!

John delivers hula hooping and circus skills workshops, as well as stilt walking, close up magic and balloon magic for schools, festivals, corporate events and anywhere imaginable!

Paula, The Travelling Craft Room

I’ve been making cards and gifts for many years, for family and friends. When our youngest child started school full time, I suddenly found I had more time for crafting. I quickly ended up with more stock than my family and friends could purchase, this is when I started to sell at local craft fairs.

I was often asked how I made the items, which is where the idea for the craft workshops came from. I love to share ideas, and meet people. To take my craft room to peoples homes, churches, community groups, was the next step to take. The Travelling Craft Room was created.

May 2019 we opened our beautiful shop on Langley High St. We’ve expanded the range of products available and we also rent shelf space to other local craft people, there’s always something new to see at The Travelling Craft Room.