The Dahlias

  • Travels From: San Francisco, CA
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After working alongside one another for years, four Asian American circus artists—Angela Chu, Christine Lee, Nina Sawant, and Teri Wing—came together to form The Dahlias. With their innovative, elegant, and exquisitely costumed circus acts, they set out to create positive representation for Asian Americans in the circus arts. They leveraged their combined 40 years of […]

After working alongside one another for years, four Asian American circus artists—Angela Chu, Christine Lee, Nina Sawant, and Teri Wing—came together to form The Dahlias. With their innovative, elegant, and exquisitely costumed circus acts, they set out to create positive representation for Asian Americans in the circus arts.

They leveraged their combined 40 years of experience with their broad collective skills in design, choreography, sales, and marketing to create a new niche within event performance.

Demand quickly grew for The Dahlias unique brand, and they have since expanded to include a roster of top circus performers and creative collaborators spanning the entire West Coast.

The Dahlias | Aerial Contortionists

Meet the Founders

Angela Chu
Performing since 2010

Angela is drawn to the circus arts because, “When I’m training or performing, I have to focus on only what I am doing and any other weight of the world is temporarily gone. Circus makes time stop and only the music, movement, and magic of the moment continue to spin.”

Christine Lee
Performing since 2007

For Christine, circus means, “community, creativity and freedom. Having worked in a corporate job, running away to join the circus has been fulfilling in every way—work never feels like work and I’m constantly inspired and excited about the next project and the next day.”

Nina Sawant
Performing since 2006

Nina loves circus because it “embraces and celebrates our differences. The more you learn to make the most of your quirks, the more interesting you are as a circus performer.”

Teri Wing
Performing since 2007

To Teri, “circus is a journey of self discovery, which has taught her that miracles can happen.”

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Co-founders Christine Lee and Nina Sawant have been performing together since 2017, bonding over their shared love of innovative apparatuses, beautiful costumes, and collaborative performance.

As a duo, they have become widely known for their imaginative butterfly aerial lyra duo, a dynamic act with transforming costumes.

Other acts include aerial globe, and aerial cube, as well as a long list of solo skills including aerial silks/tissu, trapeze, lyra, aerial moon, cyr wheel, contortion, hand balancing, dance, and acting.

Nina and Christine are core members of established Bay Area ensemble companies Sweet Can Productions and Vespertine Circus, and active members of their local San Francisco and Los Angeles circus communities.

The Dahlias present stage shows with acrobatics, live music, and dance.

Perfect for gala dinners, tradeshow’s, and private events, these awe inspiring shows make a grand impact on your event. Adaptable from 15-45 minutes in length with various act options.

Our stage shows can be customized to include aerial and ground acts, collaborate with live musicians, magicians, dancers and more. Choose from our existing works, or share your vision with us, and we will build a custom show for your event theme!

Aerial bartending is an interactive act that delights guests! Guests love sharing videos and stories of this unique experience—a great way to create a buzz at your next event!

Ambient entertainment transforms a typical event venue into an unforgettable experience for your guests. As they walk through your event, network, and mingle, our ambient acts will bring a smile to their faces.

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