Suzanne Kenney

Artistic Director

A true creative heart, Suzanne Kenney is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the aerial arts movement in the United States.

Ms. Kenney was named among the top 5 women in circus in the US in 2015 by Circus Now for her work educating youth in circus arts.

She is known for evocative duet work with her partner Luis Torres and  20 years of innovations in aerial choreography & aerial apparatus. Pendulum Aerial Arts, which she founded in 2000, has blossomed due to her commitment to artistic collaboration with top artists from around the world who share her passion for both performance and education. Her work has helped pave the way to the vibrant circus arts scene in Portland today by training many artists who have gone on to form their own companies. Before founding Pendulum, Ms. Kenney co-founded the first aerial dance company in Portland, Aero/Betty in 1996. In the 2 decades she has choreographed and produced 25  public performances and introduced hundreds of budding artists to the intoxicating world of aerial arts through Pendulum’s premiere education program.

Luis Torres

Head of Education / Lead Coach

Luis first joined Pendulum in 2002 to perform in PAA’s 2003 Production of On the Fly. Since then Luis has played an integral role in the company’s artistic productions and the technical development of the company.

Luis has performed locally and nationally as an aerialist and was PAA founder Suzanne Kenney’s longtime duo partner 2008-2015 setting the standard in the industry with their signature work most famously “Kissing” inspired by Kustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”.

Luis received his training over the past 15 years from amongst the best in circus. Most notably Tanya Burka, Nicole Pearson, Anna Vigeland, Fred Deb.

 He has performed in over 100 events for such companies as  CDS, Intel, Nike, Price Waterhouse Cooper, American Cancer society.

As a coach with 15 years experience, Luis takes such pride with his student’s development with circus combining   technique and character work as the foundation of creating the next generation of artists.

Liza Myachina

Aerial and Circus program Coach

Liza Myachina is an aspiring aerialist, with a focus on Silks and Trapeze. Her love for circus arts started after she decided to stop competing as a rhythmic gymnast. After several years of being in the performing world, she discovered Pendulum Aerial Arts. In June of 2016, Liza graduated from Pendulum’s Pre Professional Program, and has since been coaching.

Sydney Nagy

Aerial and Circus program Coach

Sydney Nagy has been an aerialist and contortionist with Pendulum Aerial Arts since the summer of 2013 where she graduated from the Professional Training Program. Prior to training in the circus arts, Sydney was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for seven years. She is a five-time Junior Olympics competitor and a four-time member of the National Future Stars team. Sydney made a conscious decision to stop competing in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics and transition into the performance-based discipline of aerial and contortion to embrace storytelling in her performance and convey emotion. With aerial dance and contortion, she found a supportive, community-based environment where she could not only challenge her physical abilities, but also test her mental limits and freely express herself through innovative choreography.

Tsengee Byambadorj

Resident Contortion Coach

Tsengee has been with Pendulum first as a company member staring in High Art 2010-12 . She now serves as the company’s resident guest contortion coach and choreogragher. Tsengee lives in Stanford Washington with her husband and 5 children.

Tsengee began her training in contortion at the age of nine, and by age twelve was a main act in the Mongolian National Circus. She has appeared at top venues in Paris, Berlin, Bombay, Lake Tahoe. She is one of the top Mongolian contortion coaches available in the US and Pendulum is lucky to work with her.

Stephanie Cadd

Flexibility and Contortion Coach

Stephanie started training contortion and circus arts almost two years ago, building on her years of dance experience. She currently trains in Mongolian contortion with Tsengee Byambadorj at Pendulum Aerial Arts. In early 2017, Stephanie began working on a duo contortion act with Sydney Nagy, an accomplished acrobat and contortionist who also trains at Pendulum Aerial Arts. The duo took their act to the stage, competing in Circus Star USA, a prestigious national circus arts competition in Hollywood, California with judges from Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia’s Odysseo, and Le Rêve – The Dream. Stephanie and Sydney placed in the top three. Recently the duo have competed in the international circus competition Viva Fest 2018 and took home 1st place in their category. Along with competing in Viva Fest and Circus Star USA, the duo performed on The Ellen Show as the talented audience.