The Inner Ring Circus* is a professional entertainment company, specializing in one-of-a-kind productions and spectacular events. We inspire, develop, and produce custom entertainment designed to suit your corporate, private or international events. Being one of the leading circus companies in Western Canada, the company is led by some of the most influential and creative industry leaders. Since 2005, the Inner Ring Circus has produced over 800 events worldwide and has worked with prestige brands such as BMW, McDonalds,, Microsoft, Mercedes, Chrysler, Amheuser-Busch, Nike, Formula One, Virgin and many more.
Our performers are exhilarating and unparalleled in their ability to entertain and excite the imagination. Having chosen the Inner Ring Circus, you can put your worries to rest. Our full time creative and management team works exclusively on production design, management, and show creation to suit your event needs. We are unique, in that, you will be working with designated professionals in all aspects of our services, from logistics and safety, to the actual performance. Our performers’ job is to invest all their passion and creativity into their performance, bringing you the best, most original entertainment around.
Be ready to expect the unexpected.
*The Inner Ring Circus is the professional division of the Vancouver Circus School, Western Canada’s largest circus school.
Our Founders and Directors
Aaron Johnson – Co-Founder
Aaron’s contributions to the circus and trampoline industry have been immense. Aaron launched his trampoline career with the Nissen Corporation (inventor of the modern day trampoline), performing for George Nissen’s company for years. Aaron has coached some of the world’s best acrobats and trampolinists, most notably, running Canada’s National trampoline team from 1976-1999. In 2000, Aaron was asked to coach for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere.
After his retirement from Cirque, Aaron continued his love for circus arts by opening the Vancouver Circus School with his son Travis. Aaron has been a catalyst in the development of Trampoline Coaching Education, having developed a safety manual that would eventually be known worldwide. Collaborating with some of the world’s finest trampoline experts, such as Dr. Fred Yeadon, Dave Ross, and Boris Verkhovsky, as well as many other Canadian trampoline specialists, Aaron produced the safest, most progressive system for teaching trampoline possible: the NCCP Trampoline Technical Manual. Furthermore, Aaron was a lifetime member of the Canadian Gymnastics Federation, International Trampoline Federation, and Gymnastics BC. Sadly, Aaron Johnson passed away unexpectedly in 2012; since then Gymnastics Canada named the Trampoline Service Award the Aaron Johnson Memorial Award.
Travis Johnson – Co-Founder / Director of Operations
Travis grew up in a world of circus and trampoline, never having known a life without either; his parents ran recreational and competitive trampoline programming at a national and provincial level for nearly two decades. Travis began competing in trampoline at the age of 6, having won a number of Western Canadian championships. Thereafter, Travis retired from the sport to engage in business development. He started his entrepreneurial endeavors in 1999.
His business ventures include being Vice President for Vibe Design Ltd, an audio-visual production company for 6years, co-founding the Vancouver Circus School in 2004, and co-founding and acting as Director of Operations for the Inner Ring Circus in 2005. In 2012, Travis became a co-founding member of ASCA (Asia Social Circus Association), in coordination with the Cirque du Soleil, and over 100 social circus organizations from all over the world.
Travis has been awarded with accolades such as the Small Business of The Year award (New Westminster Chamber of Commerce), NEXT UP award (Tourism New Westminster), and nominated for the Builder’s Choice award for his Vancouver Circus School’s New Westminster location.
Travis is currently the Executive Director of the Vancouver Circus School, Director of Operations for the Inner Ring Circus, a level 3 certified trampoline coach, and an Air Space Freestyle Skiing level 2 coach. Currently, the Vancouver Circus School has facilities in New Westminster and North Vancouver.
Laura Furtado – Sales & Marketing
Laura Furtado moved from Toronto to Vancouver in summer 2016. She has been involved in the dance/fitness worlds for over 28 years, being a professional international dancer for 15 years. She performed across North America and Europe including Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Ukraine. She ran her own dance entertainment agency in Toronto, DivaGirl Entertainment, for 10 years before moving to the west coast. In addition, she co-founded and produced a variety of self-produced dance productions for over 6 years, including Women in Dance and the Chic-A-Boom Room. Laura has been She is now part of the Inner Ring Circus team working on marketing and sales initiatives.