Owner & Creative Director
Founder of Spectacle Blue, Robin Szuch, spent almost 20 years as a dancer, training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance. Armed with those of years dance training, and a degree in Fine Arts in Drama and Dance, Robin moved to Toronto to pursue her love of theatre and dance. While working as a dancer and actor and continuing her professional training, Robin found the element of artistry she was looking for to complete her artistic vision, Aerial. Taking the plunge with fellow artist Stacy Clark, High Strung aerial dance was born and the two spent the next 10 years training, performing, coaching, and creating dance, circus, and aerial dance works around the globe.
After 10 successful years on the road High Strung aerial dance officially retired and Robin opened a full-time training and coaching studio, Spectacle Blue Studios. Spectacle Blue is a place where students of all ages and skill levels can train safely, explore their creativity, and build self-confidence and discipline as both technicians and performers.
Having made the full-time transition from choreographer/performer to choreographer/coach Robin had time to look at her world, the world of Aerial Dance, only to discover a gap in formal training methodologies for youth for this exciting genre. And so began the diligent work to create a solid, safety-conscious syllabus of training to help young dancers delve into the world of Aerial Dance and Circus.
The culmination of Robin's years of experience in Dance, Aerial, Theatre, and fitness, along with the guidance and advice of experts in a variety of sport medicine fields, dance, circus and acrobatics is the Spectacle Blue Aerial Dance Syllabus.
Anne-Marie started circus as a recreational activity when she was 7 years old. In high school, she was part of a wind orchestra as a saxophonist and, with some friends created their own theatre troupe. She completed her Cegep and began her professional studies in dance before considering a career in the circus world more seriously. In 2009, she started to teach and to train as a circus artist at Verdun Circus school in Montreal. She completed two years of their preparatory program where she focused on hand stands, trampoline, acro, hand to hand, aerial, juggling, acting, and dance.
In 2013, when Anne-Marie discovered her passion for teaching, she enrolled in the teacher training program at the National circus school in Montreal. With this course, she had the opportunity to complete her internship with École nationale de cirque de Châtellerault, a french circus school that run a circus-studies program for students between 15 and 17 years old.
Since then, as a circus artist, she has been performing in benefits shows, the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, street entertainment programming and festivals. One of Anne-Marie’s passions was realized when she created a silk duo. This unique and dynamic act was performed all around Quebec before being hired by Cavaland, an equestrian circus company. Anne-Marie worked for 5 years with Cavaland as an aerial acrobat and dancer. As a teacher she has taught in nearly 10 circus studios, high schools and kindergarten classes in Montreal. In December 2017 she completed her university studies in cultural project management.
Kate Van Kruyssen
From a young age, Kate has always had a love for human movement. She began dancing at 5 years of age and continued ever since. Throughout her younger years she trained in multiple dance styles and was part of the youth performing company, Alberta Dance Theatre. More recently, she has placed focus on contemporary and aerial dance styles for her training. This focus has elicited many opportunities for her, including performing in large production numbers and travelling to Europe to perform original works. In addition, she has begun sharing the joy of movement to students who come from a variety of backgrounds, by teaching contemporary, ballet, and aerial arts. Currently, Kate finds herself training and rehearsing with SeSol Dance Projects, Spectacle Blue, and W&M2.
Kate has now completed her Physiotherapy Degree and is a fully qualified Therapist.
She hopes to inspire as she assists audiences and students in experiencing the possibilities and subtleties of human movement.
Brianna, a former student of Spectacle Blue Circus Arts, started circus as a fun recreational activity. Her love of movement and fascination with the human body inspired her to attend the University of UBCO, where she majored in Human Kinetics and minored in Psychology. While attending school, she brought her love of acrobatics to the campus, where she founded UBCO’s Acro Club!
Nearing the end of her degree, Brianna enrolled in teachers training, where she became certified in courses such as aerial yoga and bungee fitness. With these new certifications, Spectacle Blue was able to offer expanded adult offerings to the studio. She has now returned to Spectacle Blue, but she made the jump from student to teacher! She hopes to inspire as she teaches by combining her academic knowledge with her love for circus. As a nutrition specialist, Brianna also hopes to share the importance of proper nutrition with her students to ensure their success as performers.
For fun, Brianna keeps active. She enjoys swimming during the hot summer months or downhill skiing in the Rockies throughout the winter. Brianna also has a creative side! She loves sewing or capturing that perfect shot on her camera.
Robin should have been named Jack as she is a Jack of all trades. Her background features working in the hospitality/tourism field for almost 10 years - the last role as Director of Sales and Marketing of the Holiday Inn Chain. She has also has worked in Project Management in Architecture and Manufacturing. She was the Project Coordinator on the Alberta Children’s Hospital, South Health Hospital, and many other architectural wonders in Calgary and most recently the PC and Document Control Technician for a Nitrogen plant in Borger Texas!
Then she has her FUN side… not as formal and detailed. She adds Production Manager for a tv series on Shaw and CTV to her growing list. Off-work time, you will find her either in nature (loves trees), rafting down the kicking horse, on the baseball diamond, playing hockey with her Ice Maidens, camping, doing Zumba/Pound and generally hanging out with her besties. Truly believes in play to balance out the work.
She is an active volunteer for many causes close to her heart - most importantly Kids Cancer Care Foundation. She has built with Habitat for Humanity, Skates for Hockey helps the Homeless, Volunteers with Inn from the Cold, Walks many km’s for Believe in the Gold Walk/Run and helps with the Art Exhibit for Helping Families Handle Cancer. You can see her guiding the Parents of Kids Cancer Dragon Boat every year at Glenmore Park. The funny part is, she is deaf, 100% and she is the one in charge of the stroke for the entire 26 person boat… why, because she can feel the beat through the boat and block out all of the other boats yelling beside them and keep her team on track. She is also on the Road crew for the Tour for Kids bike race that raises money for Camp Kindle and DJ’s their events - yes #DEAFDJ.
She is the mother of a beautiful daughter who is an NICU nurse, and an amazing son who is a Cancer survivor with a caring, beautiful old soul of his own. Even though her other child has paws, she also claims him as her own.
IFrom a very young age, Chris always had an interest in technology, specifically photography & video. That passion has taken Chris on a 25+ year journey through the broadcast industry. From controlling the equipment and programming on the front line, to overseeing technical operations of local and national televisions stations, to being involved in the launch of many specialty television networks and Pay-Per-View services. Over the past 5 years Chris has taken his photographic passion to the next level, especially in nature, wildlife, sports, and architecture, and is currently working on his goal of becoming a Master Photographer. He has also ventured away from the broadcast industry, and with his wife have created Gibbs Media, which provides photo, video, and social media services to small businesses and the real estate industry. With his daughter’s love for Aerial Circus, she has been part of the Spectacle Blue team for a number of years. During that time, Chris has assisted on various photo and video projects, and absolutely enjoys working with the creative like-minded team at Spectacle Blue. He is extremely excited about being part of the upcoming movie the team will be creating.
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Emma is a marketing specialist, graduating at the end of 2021 with a passion for social media marketing. She is experienced in managing community engagement events that included face-to-face public relations and creating related social media content from her time working alongside The Eagle 100.9. Emma is an excellent storyteller!
She is an active volunteer for many local organizations, such as the Magic of Christmas, where she delivers gifts & Christmas cheer to families in need. She has also spent time assisting the Sheep River Health Trust during their busy annual Christmas market, helped at the finish line of many Natural High Triathlons, and been a part of Fischer Crescent Retails fashion shows.
For fun, Emma plays with her Border Collie at the dog park and the river. She is always up for a game of volleyball, a hike out in Kananaskis Country, or rock climbing with her friends. Recently she has taken a liking for the disc golf course here in town and often goes with friends and family during her down-time.