Suzanne Kenney

Artistic Director

Cory Allen

Head of Recreational and Intermediate Program

Daniel Patrick

Head of Professional Training Program

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.

Cory began training with Pendulum in 2010 and while there worked with a variety of world-class coaches including Christian Fitzharris of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Kooza”. In 2012 he made the move to Texas where he began training and performing with Sky Candy, while maintaining his independent work as a circus artist and model. In 2015 he was then cast as a core member in the production of Swings Asunder Directed by Nathan Brumbaugh.

Focused in flexibility, hand balancing, and aerial hoop, Corey Allen brings an exciting and charismatic presence into his work, captivating audiences with his stunning precision and control.

As a professional acrobat, Daniel Patrick has performed for numerous companies in club, corporate, and theater venues.  He has worked for a variety of corporate events with Cirque Imagination, Nimble Arts, and Quixotic Fusion; was cast in the winter of 2013 as a member of the Boston Circus Guild’s “Speakeasy Circus”; and most notably, accepted a role with The Santa Fe Opera as a part of the 2014 production of “Carmen”.  At the 2015 Acrobatic Arts Festival of Denver, CO, Patrick presented his rope act, “Catching Breath,” winning Best Artistic Performance.

As a hard working coach, Daniel currently works with students in a variety of disciplines focusing on body form, alignment, and concentration of breath for endurance strength.  He continually pushes his students to fight past what they believe their bodies limitations are to create dynamic skills for acrobatic performance.

Tsengee Byambordj

Resident Contortion Coach

Talia Risa

Recreational Coach

Rosie Rogmans

Recreational 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.

Talia Risa is back with PAA after having a break from the circus. She started learning aerial arts with Wise Fool NM in 2000. She joined Pendulum Aerial Arts  in 2005, and has performed on and off with  the company over the last 10 years, specializing in aerial silks and hand balancing, and dabbling in a variety of other arts. She is returning to coach recreational students, including her own daughter. She has performed with Wanderlust Circus, A.M.P.  and has worked free lance in the Portland area and beyond.

Rosie Rogmans is an aspiring aerialist, with a focus on Corde Lisse and Aerial Straps. Her love for circus arts started at the age of 5, in a small town in Southern Oregon. After several years performing there, she discovered Pendulum Aerial Arts and moved to Portland in the fall of 2013. In June of 2015, Rosie graduated from Pendulum’s Pre Professional Program, and has since been coaching as a junior company member. She hopes to study at a circus university in Canada or Europe someday.