A Little Imagination and Play make Dreams come true!



Marina Karadjieva


Marina’s aerial career began sometime in 2000 when she first got introduced to the world of flying trapeze and aerial arts. She fell in love with the performance and self-expression aspect of the art. Marina has been a solo and a collaborative creator on a variety of productions throughout Europe, South America, California and currently in Oregon. Some of the companies she has worked with are Trapeze Arts, Kinetic Arts Center, Trapeze World, Head Over Heels Athletic Arts as a Circus Program Manager, Zippo’s Circus and more. Later, Marina discovered her passion for teaching circus arts to kids and the benefits it has on the developing youth. In 2007 she co-founded Vagaboom! / Living Dream Arts and recently Circus In Motion. Marina is the co-author of a 2-week Circus Training Guide for teachers at Galileo Learning Center. Marina continues to spread the joy as a performance and movement arts educator at The Circus Project and schools throughout Portland.

Utilizing hands-on educational and artistic process, Marina Karadjieva directly empowers youth to find their creative talent while learning new skills, fostering self-confidence, non-violence, self-respect, leadership and community awareness. Marina believes in the importance of providing a safe and encouraging environment with a small teacher/student ratio.


Martina Oskarsson


Martina came to America in 2000 from the beautiful countryside of Sweden. After her momentous move, she quickly merged with the movement arts and circus communities in the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after arriving in Portland, she found herself surrounded by artists and performers, being tossed up in the air and asked to climb on their hands, feet, & heads. Since that magical moment, she has fallen more & more in love with this transformational art. From this deep love, Martina has been inspired to ceaselessly add skills to her growing passion. Her big loves within this realm are aerial silks, yoga, kids circus and acro-balancing. Since realizing how important the movement arts are for everyone, young & old, and the positive social and physical impact that can manifest as a result, she has passionately been increasing her involvement in this community. Martina has now taught circus for over ten years among many talented individuals in San Francisco, Sweden, and Portland. After graduating Dell Arte International school of physical theater in 2007 she started a non-profit organization in SF which is still running to this day under the name Living Dream Arts. More recently she has cofounded Circus In Motion LLC, and under that project has developed AIM, Aerial In Motion. Martina finds great joy in giving kids and adults what she wished she would have stumbled upon when she was young and desires to continue expressing her heartfelt enthusiasm through teaching and creating.


We both share the love of teaching circus arts, movement and yoga to all ages. We love to see smiles on little faces and give children the opportunity to grow in a fun, creative, caring, compassionate environment. We offer custom-designed after-school enrichment programs to schools in The Portland Metro Area. We provide an authentic experience and a wide variety of activities: one-time workshops, enrichment classes, birthday parties


Benefits of Circus Arts


  • Physical - Body/spatial awareness, strength, range of motion, flexibility, balance


  • Cognitive - Gross/fine motor control, coordination, problem solving, focus, concentration, sequencing, inhibition, multi-tasking, mental flexibility, sequencing, creativity, rhythm/timing


  • Emotional - Self-confidence, self-efficacy, positive risk-taking, trust, empathy, individuality


  • Social - Cooperation/teamwork, respect, giving and receiving support, communication, leadership