Vazquez Integral Arts

Meet our team!

INSTRUCTORS

 

With a passion for training, teaching, and performing, Lisanna shares her enthusiasm with each and every student, inspiring them to put their heart and hard work into every movement. Her 20-year artistic gymnastics career granted her a full-ride athletic scholarship to Northern Illinois University where she competed and graduated with a Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.

 

Taking her strength, technique, and artistry to the stage, Lisanna has had the privilege of performing around the world in shows with famed singer MeatLoaf, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Germany's Flic Flac FestivalCirque du Soleil's KÁ in Las Vegas and Cirque du Soleil's world-wide arena touring production TORUK—inspired by Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron's AVATAR.

 

While painting her face blue in over 100 cities around the world, Lisanna earned her Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and now continues to bring her passion and power to training, teaching, and performing, devoting herself to the love of her craft and the pursuit of being an artist.

Lisanna Paloma Vazquez

Director | Aerial & Acrobatic Instructor

Adam Vazquez

Director | Acrobatic & Hand Balancing Instructor

Adam Vazquez, a 4th generation circus artist carrying on the Vazquez tradition of artistic integrity, has over twenty years of personal performance experience. With his intense training in international competitive gymnastics, trapeze, Chinese poles, acrobatics, and hand balancing, his discipline and passion for his craft, along with guidance from the rich historical tradition of his family, has led him to success and, most importantly, the privilege of calling himself an artist. 

 

Having captured the quality and poise of hand-to-hand artistry with his international award-winning duo act, Adam has graced the stages of the world’s most renowned venues. The prestige of stepping on stage and the honor to feel the distinct connection with audience members standing in awe of his performance have justified every sacrifice made for his art. Now, with over two decades of experience, Adam takes pride in recognizing the responsibility of an artist to cultivate the arts for generations to come.

 
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Dr. Alex Clements

Piano Instructor | Doctor of Musical Arts | Jazz Pianist

Although not one to toot his own horn with the title of Doctor, Alex Clements deserves every pedestal this esteemed degree puts him on. A musical genius and passionate instructor, Alex lives his life for his craft, and generously shares his immense wealth of knowledge. His talent is immeasurable, and his classes are filled with students learning in the most creative, fun, and inspiring ways.

Alex's active performance career has this "lounge lizard" winning awards, performing at prestigious venues, and holding his long-time tenure with Cirque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio, where he performs nightly. Continuing to progress his pedagogical approach—although already having won awards in this category—Alex's passion for growth and love for music shines through his artistry, teaching, and ever-present smile. 

 

Bruno Dumont

Music Appreciation Instructor | Saxophonist

After graduating with honors from the Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts of Quebec, Bruno’s wonderful adventure as a Master Saxophonist took off. While playing professionally in jazz clubs with well established musicians, Bruno was invited to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival, leading him to an annual invitation to share the stage with the greats of the Blues and Jazz scene including Carl Tremblay, Bob Harrison, Little Jo and the Hurricane, The Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and Lulu Hughes to name a few. 

 

In 2001, Bruno was offered a position as Saxophone and Keyboard Musician with Cirque du Soleil, where he delighted audiences around the world playing in 8 different Cirque du Soleil productions over the next 19 years, (Alegria, Viva Elvis, Quidam, Toruk, Sand, Bazar, Axel, Alegria revisited). Bruno is now at his 9th show with the company, contributing his vast experience, talent, and passion as the Musical Director of Cirque du Soleil's production “O” at the Bellagio.

 

Bruno’s devotion to music, and joy of playing shines through in his teaching, as he takes pride and a responsibility in sharing his love for music with his students, always with a belly laugh and a "life is beautiful" frame of mind.

 
 

Mai Yamamoto

Aerial & Adult Fitness Instructor | Aerial Artist

Mai Yamamoto is a Japanese world-renowned aerial silk performer and world champion synchronized swimmer. Having performed with Cirque du Soleil’s "O" as a synchronized swimmer and Mystere as Aerial Silks soloist and Bungee performer, Mai’s love for the stage is unmistakable as she flys high above the audience with an adoring smile beaming from her face.

 

As an aerial fitness instructor, Mai is adept at teaching the technical and artistic side of aerial artistry in a variety of apparatuses. She enjoys sharing her passion of being in the air, and guides her students to reach their goals at every level.

Victoria Vazquez

Aerial & Adult Fitness Instructor | Circus Artist

From multiple generations of circus artists, Victoria has established her mark on her family's tradition of excellence in flying trapeze. Performing since the age of 10, this airborne beauty has toured the world and graced the stages of countless circus productions and theatre venues.

 

After an extensive artistic career as a trapeze artist with Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, Zaia, and ZED, she took on one of the most challenging roles in entertainment—stage management. Once again proving her talents, Victoria contributed her lifelong experience and sharp mind to the role of stage manager in Bette Midler's Showgirl Must Go On, Cirque du Soleil's OVO, KÁ, and Criss Angel's Believe and Mindfreak Live, both by Cirque du Soleil. 

Victoria brings a vast and comprehensive career to her teaching—topped off with a Certified Personal Trainer degree from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. While taking pride in sharing her passion for performing and circus arts, Victoria exemplifies the virtue and integrity of an artist.

 

Vanessa Aviles

Aerial & Adult Fitness Instructor | Circus Artist

Already an acrobat at four years old, Vanessa cultivated her training to achieve a successful career in artistic gymnastics. Discovering her true passion for circus arts, she fell instantly in love with Aerial Silks, performing with productions in Las Vegas and California before joining the National Circus School of Montreal  (ENC).

 

Graduating from ENC in 2017 as an Aerial Silks specialist—among other disciplines including aerial hoop, hula hoops, handstands and the Cyr wheel—Vanessa's artistic career highlight has been her development of a unique apparatus called 'Tension Tissu.' With the help of her coaches, she honed her aerial technique and artistry to create the act in which she now performs in Cirque Éloize productions Nezah, The Pirate Child, and HOTEL. 

Her love of aerial acrobatics inspires her students to join in her enthusiasm and dedication to the craft, enjoying the journey and artistic exploration along the way.

 
 

Robert Shipley

Piano & Drum Instructor | Master of Music Jazz Theory & Composition

An accomplished musician, Robert has toured the world for over 30 years as a professional drummer. Playing with stars like Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Destiny's Child, The Temptations, and countless more, he has built a broad and extensive career by following his heart and passion.

 

After a successful touring career, Robert directed his devotion to education where he earned his Bachelors and Master of Music degrees from UNLV in Jazz Theory and Composition. With a desire to educate and share his experience, Robert strives to provide a learning environment that encourages a continuous growth of musical skills and knowledge, while inspiring a lifelong participation in the advocacy of music.

Robert creates a fun atmosphere in his classes while instilling the notion that each student's level of success is directly reflective of their work ethic.