Circus Momentus is a collection of talented performers providing an "a la carte menu" of spell-binding original acts including hula hooping, partner acrobatics, freestanding ladder, cyr wheel, group juggling, trapeze, aerial hoop, and aerial fabric. We tailor our show to suit your individual needs providing solo, duo or group stage acts and ambient entertainment. The art of circus transforms your party into a unique extravaganza. Circus Momentus also teaches workshops, so anyone can get in on the action. Take your event to the next level with the fascinating feats of Circus Momentus - It's a big deal!

Circus Momentus is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they are found up and down the West Coast - North to Seattle, Olympia, Portland, & Eugene, and south to Los Angeles, San Diego, and points between. They also spend part of the year on the east coast, between Boston and New York City, to perform and teach.


Vern Coffey, Technical Director, Owner

Vern is the mad scientist of the group. He's constantly building things, including, stilts, juggling equipment, invented circus apparatusses, and this web site. He is also a proficient juggler, acrobat and equilibrist, performing stupifying stunts of balance with fellow acrobats, his unsupported ladder, and whatever else he can get his hands on.

Fallon Burner, Owner, Artistic Director/Choreographer, Costume Designer

Fallon Burner grew up a polite girl in historical Virginia. In high school she began choreographing musicals and dancing and singing at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. After high school, she went down to Miami to sweat in the heat and work as a dancer, actor, vocalist, and choreographer, which made her fiery, feisty, and, well...she's still pretty polite. She discovered circus when she was hired as the dancer for the original Cirque Dreams Pandemonia tour. This changed her path forever, bringing her to rural Vermont to train in the New England Center for Circus Arts as part of their ProTrack program, and causing her to dye her hair an insane shade of red. Since then she's stood on everyone she could find and swung on everything hanging. Most importantly, she loves spinning in her giant metal hoop. Well - both of them. Fallon has choreographed, taught, and performed for companies such as Animate Objects Physical Theatre, Cirque Productions, Shakespeare in the Park, Next Step Dance, Skindo Brazil, FRINGE! Festival in Scotland, and more locally for Circus Smirkus, Marlboro College, Luminz Studio, Brattleboro School of Dance, and the New England Youth Theatre. These days you can find her with the inventive and shake-happy company, Circus Momentus, which she performs with and is the choreographer.

Vanessa Vortex, Ringmaster, Owner

Vanessa Vortex performs swirling hula hoop stunts, partner acrobatics, fire dancing, and other forms of object manipulation. Born in New York City and raised by Broadway superstars, Vanessa Vortex draws on years of growing up under dancing feet and hanging out on both sides of the backstage curtain. Vanessa is most inspired by the timeless tradition of circus, the freedom of an artistic lifestyle and the adventure of being on the road. She has crisscrossed the United States 5 times and has taught and performed circus arts in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, and New Zealand.
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