Corey Cheval is a versatile performing artist whose work ranges from aerial silks to Brazilian samba. With a background in contemporary dance, Cheval has travelled and performed across the United States and Brazil as an acrobat, singer and dancer for more than a decade. She trained circus arts at the Circo Picolino (Salvador, Brazil), Intrepida Trupe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Fern Street Circus and Aerial Revolution (San Diego, CA) and under the mentorship of lifelong circus artist Lynn Polke. She has trained equestrian vaulting under 8th generation bareback rider Timi Loyal and as an intern with trick horse trainer Carole Fletcher.


As the founder of AscenDance entertainment (2008), Cheval produces recurring events such as the Two Hawk Country Circus and Dusty’s Ragtime Circus. Cheval’s skills include: silks, trapeze, lyra, partner acrobatics, equestrian vaulting, Brazilian samba, contemporary dance, Capoeira (martial art), stilt walking, and singing.  Additionally, Cheval is the artistic director of the Gainesville Circus Center where she shares her passion for performing arts with the next generation of young artists. Cheval has written several successful grants for the production of shows and general program support at the Gainesville Circus Center. Furthermore, Cheval has supported international artists expanding their U.S. base by providing Visa document services, tour planning, PR and travel logistics.


Cheval holds an A.A. in Dance from Santa Fe College (2002), B.A. in Dance from Mills College (2005), M.A. in Performance Studies from the Federal University of Bahia (2008) and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida (2015) with a focus on performances of nationalism, race and gender found in Brazilian samba and carnival. Cheval has been a speaker and guest performer for TEDxUF (2014, 2017 & 2019) and Frank Conference (2016). She has taught courses at the college level in both technical and theoretical aspects of performing arts. Cheval has published her research on performance studies in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has been a guest speaker at the Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL) & Appleton Museum of Art (Ocala, FL).


Previous names used: Cottrell, Corey Ann

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