Chayton Davenport, Circus Star USA 2017 performer

Chayton Davenport

Circus Star USA 2017 performer: Lyra contortion

Current city: Honolulu, Hawaii

Age: 18

Skills: aerial silks, lyra, dance trapeze, hammock, span sets, contortion, basic tumbling, acro, hula hoop dance, and he just figured out how to juggle

Style: contrast of dynamic and controlled movement

Training: Samadhi Hawaii



Samadhi Hawaii, sponsoring Chayton Davenport, Circus Star USA 2017

Chayton’s story

Chayton Davenport has been performing circus arts for the past nine years. Chayton took his first class at Samadhi Hawaii at the age of nine, training in silks, trapeze, and hoop. He started classes because his mother wanted him to. He did not enjoy it, but his mom wanted him to stick with it.  It got better when he learned how to climb the silks. He remembers going to a Cirque du Soleil Show in Disneyland when he was 10 years old, and the performers took him onstage in one of the skits. He loved it and from then on dreamt about being onstage.


Chayton was a part of Samadhi Hawaii Youth Company for about five years, performing regularly with the company shows, showcases, and community festivals.


He has also studied at:
San Francisco Circus Center – Contortion intensive, 2017
Womack and Bowman, Los Angeles – Silks classes, 2017
Ecole National du Cirque, Montreal –  Summer program, 2016
San Francisco Circus Center – Aerial hoop, 2016
Le Petit Cirque, Los Angeles – Circ’ohana exchange program with Samadhi Hawaii, 2011


Chayton placed third in the Emerging Artists Competition at 2017 VIVA Fest in Las Vegas (aerial hoop).


Chayton is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He will attend Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu where he will pursue a degree in computer sciences.

Watch a clip from Chayton’s lyra audition video

Chayton Davenport, Circus Star USA 2017 performer

Sponsor: Samadhi Hawaii

Samadhi Hawaii, sponsoring Chayton Davenport, Circus Star USA 2017


Fly high with grace and confidence, Chayton!


Samadhi Hawaii is an aerial dance company in Honolulu on the island of Oahu and has grown into the top cirque-style performers in the islands as well as a prospering aerial dance and acrobatic school that takes circus arts to a another level.


Samadhi Hawaii’s founder/director Andrea Torres’ career originally started far closer to the ground as a ballerina. However, when the chance came to perform as an aerial dancer in ‘Ulalena on Maui (by ARRA Montreal), she leapt at it and has been in the air ever since. After the Maui blockbuster, this flying dancer and yogini took the big leap in 2005 and formed her company with fellow performers Marcus Quiniones and Ana Prada. Since that humble beginning, Samadhi has become one of Hawaii’s most active dance companies, offering performances and a variety of classes for all ages. Samadhi Hawaii also serves as a bridge to the aerial dance world in the Pacific, having introduced aerial dance to Fiji (Oceania Dance Theatre) and to Western Samoa for the Commonwealth Youth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Apia 2015.


Samadhi Hawaii is a proud sponsor of aerial dancer and contortion artist Chayton Davenport.

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