Vanessa Furlong is a contemporary circus artist and veteran stage performer from Halifax NS who specializes in physical theatre, dance/static trapeze, and acrobatic stilt dancing. Vanessa holds a degree in Theatre and Music performance from Bishop’s University and has developed her career in the arts since graduation. She holds the titles of head performance instructor for Atlantic Cirque, artistic director of their professional junior and senior performance troupes, and teaches acrobatic movement and dance at Atlantic Cirque, Serpentine Studios, Donce Zone Performing Arts Centre. Vanessa is also a guest acrobatic instructor and choreographer for Stars of Tomorrow Dance Academy. Vanessa is co-founder of LEGacy Circus, a contemporary circus company that specializes in adaptable acrobatics. She and Erin Ball (professional circus artist who also happens to be a double lower leg amputee) have developed contemporary circus performances with and without leg attachments, wheelchair aerials and acrobatics. Vanessa uses research she developed while working in youth organizations, and in her 10 years of mental health and physical support work when developing her workshops and her on stage presentations. Vanessa’s creations involve the question of how physical expression affects the psychological impact on both performer and audiences alike. Influenced by her work with non verbal communicators, she was drawn to how this affected her own rhythms when supporting, teaching, creating, and performing.