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Richard Hankes and Ashlee Montague are classical ballet dancers turned world record holding circus performers, and Cirque du Soleil alumna.  They specialize in acrobatic ballet, adagio, hand-to-hand, aerial, and bottle walking acts.   


Richard and Ashlee met in 2007 while studying ballet at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.  Married July of 2017, the couple has performed across the globe together for television, film, commercials, print, and events.  They are coached by Jerome Le Baut (Ecole National de Cirque, Cirque du Soleil), Sebastien Soldevila (Director of Les 7 Doigts de la Main), and Mimi Bonnavaud (Gold Medalist Cirque de Demain) in addition to their extensive dance training.  


Richard and Ashlee have enjoyed performing for Cirque du Soleil's Broadway show Paramour, performing internationally for 45 Degrees, appearing as "The Crystal Bruts" on Amazon Prime's Mozart in the Jungle, debuting a new P.T. Barnum based musical, and playing leading roles in Eden - a new immersive dinner production created for Celebrity Cruise Line's newest ship, the Celebrity Edge.  

 Richard and Ashlee reside in New York City and travel worldwide.


CV highlights:

The Gong Show, ABC Television, Season 2 Episode 9

Cirque du Soleil for SAP, 45 Degrees, Orlando

Singers and Swingers, Opera North

Bar Car Nights, New York Botanical Garden (curators, performers)

Chihuly Nights, New York Botanical Garden

The Box Miami Art Basel, Faena Miami

Paramour, Cirque du Soleil

Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Prime

Eden, Celebrity Edge

The Greatest Showman Live, 20th Century FOX

L'eden Miami, Variety Worldwide/Perrier Jouet

Guinness World Record "Longest Duration Balance Pointe on Shoulders"

Le Savoir, 45 Degrees/Stella Artois

Star King, TV show SBS South Korea

Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Creation

Broadway Electronics Commercial (Hong Kong)

The Box (NYC/SOHO)

America's Got Talent

The Ride NYC

Miami City Ballet

Ellison Ballet

American Ballet Theater

Rock School for Dance Education



Hand-to-hand (static and dynamic)

Acrobatic Ballet

Champagne Bottle Walking en Pointe

Spanish Web


Duo Adagio in 3m Bubble

Pas De Deux

Custom apparatuses

*Insured by Performers of the U.S.

*Current U.S. passports and driver's licenses

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