WHAT WE DO

We created Volozio to share our passion for flying trapeze and provide a space for people of all ages and abilities to learn to fly. In an inclusive, creative, and fun atmosphere, we provide weekly flying trapeze lessons. We also host school groups, special events, corporate activities, and day camps for a unique experience.

As part of our involvement with the circus community, we regularly invite local and international instructors to teach and share their expertise in our lessons. We also engage in training and developing future generations of instructors. Periodically, we visit other circus organizations to share information and learn about the latest trends in the industry.

Circus is our way of life. Although we specialize in flying trapeze, we are interested in all types of circus arts. Circus is more than just big tops and acrobatics – it is a vibrant global community of unique and diverse people brought together by an art-form that develops the potential of each individual. We don’t just teach flying trapeze technique, we teach and endorse the values of circus.

OUR MISSION

In a safe, non-competitive, and recreational environment – Volozio’s mission is to introduce and make the art of flying trapeze accessible to all.

In a safe, non-competitive, and recreational environment – Volozio’s mission is to introduce and make the art of flying trapeze accessible to all.

In a safe, non-competitive, and recreational environment – Volozio’s mission is to introduce and make the art of flying trapeze accessible to all.

35 years of experience

35 years of experience

WHO WE ARE

René Gasse
instructor & founder

In 1986 during his first season at Club Med, René discovered that he had a passion for circus arts and flying trapeze. For the next seven years, he trained with reputable and experienced circus educators and artists in order to acquire the skills necessary to teach circus arts to children and adults. After his last season in 1993, René moved to the United States and introduced the first recreational outdoor flying trapeze on the East Coast at Club Getaway in Connecticut. In 1997, he moved to Montreal to found Trapezium, the first indoor flying trapeze school in Canada. In 2003, Cirque du Soleil approached René to join the Artist Training Department Team at their Montreal headquarters. During is 12 years with Cirque, he held various positions in the creation studios all while acquiring and developing expertise across many levels in the field of circus arts. In 2015, he went back to the United States and spent two years as the Trapeze Manager for Trapeze Las Vegas. René decided to return to Quebec in 2017 to found Volozio – a circus space with flying trapeze inside the Centre Multisports in his hometown, Vaudreuil-Dorion. In addition, during the summer seasons between 2017 and 2021, René was the Director of the Circus Program for Camp Lindenmere in Pennsylvania. During his career, René also had the opportunity to set up flying trapeze rigs for short and long-term events at some of Montreal’s most iconic and historic locations such as McGill University, the Olympic Stadium and the Old Port. Today with over 30 years of experience as a circus educator, what René enjoy most is to share his knowledge with the new generation of circus enthusiasts from all levels, backgrounds, and cultures.

Andie McCall
instructor & co-founder

Originally from Las Vegas, Andie is an experienced flying trapeze instructor and flyer. After taking a flying trapeze class over 8 years ago, what started as a new hobby quickly turned into a profession that she is fiercely passionate about. In 2014, Andie began working an admin position at Trapeze Las Vegas while training as a trapeze instructor before being promoted in 2015 to Studio Manager. While managing the studio, she continued working & training as an instructor and flyer – along with learning about and gaining experience in rigging & technical practices. In 2017, Andie pursued the exciting opportunity to build a trapeze rig from scratch and help form a new circus space – co-founding Volozio in partnership with René. From summer 2017 to 2021, Andie was also an instructor and the Head of Trapeze at Camp Lindenmere. As the Head of Trapeze, she led the program’s curriculum and progressed it’s infrastructure by re-designing and upgrading the rigging systems and apparatuses of Lindenmere’s circus pavilion and two trapeze rigs. Although flying trapeze is her specialty and main discipline, Andie enjoys practicing other circus arts such as, cerceaux, aerial straps, and hand balancing. She is also proud to be one of a growing number of female instructors that are capable catchers and line pullers, in addition to platform instructors. As an adventurer and thrill seeker – she thrives from pursuing projects that are not only challenging, but require drawing upon her creativity and ingenuity to succeed.