Cirque Petite


Angelica Cardone is a New Jersey-born acrobat and aerialist who grew up first as a musician/vocalist but later switched to athletics, focusing on competitive gymnastics and karate.  She discovered circus a mere three years ago, when she was drawn to the fusion of athleticism and artistry that circus provided.  Angelica completed the Performance Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in 2015 and now performs hand balancing, aerial net, and partner acrobatics.  She has performed with such companies as Shore Circus, New Jersey Circus Center, iExperia, SHOW Circus Studio, Windham Orchestra, and Open Ring Circus Concept.   

An aerialist, acrobat, and dancer originally from the Carolinas, Naomi Ullian began her studies at the Ballet Academy of Charleston under Mara Meir in 1990 and continued at Stanford University under Diane Frank, Tony Kramer, and Kristine Elliot.  She has danced for June Watanabe, Britney Brown Ceres, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Bent Spoon Dance Company, and the Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective, which she helped to found and direct.  Her skills in trapeze, fabric, inversions, and partner acrobatics have been honed in the professional training programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and she has taught at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA and guest teaches at Aerial Space in Asheville, NC adn at Aerial Fit in Charleston, SC. 

Cirque Petite is a contemporary circus troupe and offshoot of Small Dangers Dance, a creative dance collaborative founded by aerialist and dancer Naomi Ullian.  We are a small troupe, both individually and collectively, comprised of four tough and tender women, all 5'2" and under in height.  We've borrowed much of our language from Small Dangers and think of smallness, like largeness, as a thing not inherently more valuable than any other thing to be, but rather bears magic and a particular perspective.  We study the aspects of our statures that allow us to hold each other up, to fit ourselves into each others' capacities, to roll with obstacles presented.  We are petite, but we are not slight.  We are strong, we are powerful, we are ravenous

Jordan Polan-Clarke's parents put her in gymnastics class when she was very young because they were worried she was going to break herself and the furniture practicing in the house.  Gymnastics was a huge part of her life until she went off to college, where she assumed that learning to be a proper adult meant staying right side up.  After school, she moved to NYC and worked in radio, TV, and web production for a few years.  During that time, her very wise best friend bought her a flying trapeze class and there was no going back!  She fell in love with circus and quit her job to train and teach.  She graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts Intensive and Professional Track programs, where she studied mini tramp, German wheel, and hoop diving.  She hopes to spend her life breaking stereotypes and bringing circus magic into people's lives through performance and teaaching. 

Jess Hill comes from the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she discovered her love for collaborative movement and climbing on things.  In 2014, she moved to Brattleboro, VT to complete the Intensive and Professional Track Programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts.  While at NECCA, she developed a loving relationship with Corde Lisse.  She has performed with Asheville Aerial Arts, the Runaway Circus, and Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective.  Besides turning upside down, she enjoys farming, baking, and social justice work.