Katya Guimaraes is a Cirque du Soleil Performer, circus coach , certified Pilates Instructor, and Personal Trainer. She was born in the Amazon area in Belem, Brazil in 1969. After moving to Rio de Janeiro at the age of 4, she was exposed to all kinds of arts developing passion for dance, music, theater and circus. She started onstage dancing at 10 years old. In 1988, she graduated as a professional acrobat at The National Circus School in Brazil in which she acquired a variety of skills such as Teeter Board, Russian Swing, Unicycle, Basic Juggling, Stilt, Ball walker, Trapeze, Spanish Web, Hoop, Aerial Silk (Tissu), and Acrobatic Roller Skate. Later on, she performed in many Theaters and Circus in Brazil such as Villa Lobos, Gloria and Joao Caetano in Rio. And also, Circo D’Italia, Hatary and Circo Scala untill 1993. After that, she went to Germany to work in amusement parks such as Phanthasyaland and Europa Park untill 1997.
In 1998, she joined Cirque du Soleil to create a permanent show ” La Nouba” in Orlando, Florida, as a performer of the Aerial Ballet in Silk. In Montreal, Canada during the creation of “La Nouba”at the Cirque du Soleil’ Studios Katya was introduced to the Pilates of Body Conditioning and Contrology; and since then it has been the way she realigns her body, warms up for the shows, prevent injuries, and improves the quality of her performance. In 2005, she got certified as Pilates Instructor. She considers the Pilates Method to be the key for her longevity as a performer. From 2005-2007, she performed at Disney World at Epcot Center for the Party of The Sense as an aerialist presented by Cirque du Soleil. In 2009, she took part on Khol’s Christmas Comercial. In 2010, her passion for fitness led her to get certified as a Personal Trainer.