Latonya fell in love with the circus at the age of 12 and has been chasing her big-top goals ever since. She started at Flipside Circus in Brisbane, which gave her a solid grounding as an emerging circus artist. At 17 she moved to China and spent one year studying at the Beijing acrobatic school and another year working as a freelance performer.
She believes strongly in the power of social circus and in 2014 spent three months working with SeaChange Arts in Great Yarmouth, UK. There she taught circus lessons to youth at risk and was part of community outreach programs. This connection also led to the opportunity to perform in a self-directed ensemble show, “Body Play” at L’Odyssée du Cirque festival in France.
Latonya is a diverse acrobat with extensive experience both as a solo performer and as an ensemble member. In 2017 she graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts and in 2018 completed a Bachelor of Business.
Latonya loves breaking gender sterotypes as female base and in 2017 she founded the Melbourne feminist circus collective Tons of Sense who premieried their first immersive show in February 2018. The organisation aims to foster gender equality in the circus world and bring female led stories to the stage. Currently she is performing with One Fell Swoop Circus in their show ‘By a Thread’.