We believe the STRENGTH of our organization comes from the PEOPLE who choose to work, train and play at Flip. Our diverse backgrounds lay the foundation for a unique approach to fitness that is educational, creative and fun!
Darlene Traviss, Founder & CEO
Darlene has been actively involved in gymnastics since 1974 in various capacities: Participant, coach, judge, course conductor, administrator, gymnastic specialist in schools and club owner (Alberta Schools Gymnastic Association 1990-2000, Mountain Shadows 1996-2001). Her book, 'Backyard Trampolining' (1990/1994/2011), has sold over 30,000 copies world-wide and was recently republished in 5 additional languages. Darlene competed for the University of British Columbia in springboard diving before moving to Calgary in 1987 to train and compete with Dive Calgary. In 1992 she competed in freestyle skiing (aerials) with the Alberta Team. She is currently a course conductor with Gymnastics Canada teaching the 'Active Start' program. Darlene is mom to Madeline, is an avid gardener, enjoys skiing and other outdoor pursuits with her family.
Jesse is one of Flip's multitalented coaches! Jesse coaches in our Preschool, Youth, Teen & Adult department and takes care of our birthday parties! He first joined Flip Factory when he was just 12 years old as an assistant coach and has grown his skills along with Flip! Jesse is an active guy who enjoys juggling and balance, longboarding, car shows, and video games.
JoAnn coached recreational and competitive gymnastics in Saskatchewan before moving to Alberta to continue her studies. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan and her Teaching Degree from the University of Lethbridge. JoAnn taught junior high school science for 10 years. She also holds her Level 2 Artistic Gymnastics certification, Level 1 Trampoline and Active Start. Jo-Ann is a key member of our Preschool Team. She has also taken up lunch time training on the handstand canes - able to stay inverted for almost a minute! JoAnn also enjoys skiing and camping with her family.
Jaime grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The town of Dominion did not have a trampoline club but that did not stop Jaime from pursuing her passion for flipping. Jaime taught herself on her backyard trampoline then went on to offer kids an opportunity to also enjoy the sport through coaching and mentoring local youth and teens. She moved to Alberta in 2011 to work in the oil patch but her passion for teaching kids brought her to Flip Factory. She has since completed her Foundations, Level 1 Gymnastics Certification and has also participated in a number of trampoline and circus training opportunities through Flip, including Spectacle Blue and Circus Lab. Jaime is a key team member for Flip's Preschool Department but is always looking to push her limits and try something new and exciting. She spends her time off boating, dirt biking, camping, and having fun at the lake.
A former provincial level artistic gymnastics competitor, Melanie began coaching in high school in Saskatchewan. Before moving to Alberta, she served as the Recreation Director of the Marion Gymnastics Club in Saskatoon. Melanie is Level 2 Certified in Women's Artistic Gymnastics and Level 1 Certified in Trampoline. She also holds a diploma in Recreation and Leisure. Melanie's first introduction to Flip Factory was with her son in the Parent & Tot program in 2008. She joined the coaching team in 2011 when the club moved into it's current location. Melanie is a talented and diversified coach able to teach preschoolers through to teens. Melanie is mom to three young children and she also teaches birthing classes. Melanie makes sure to get outdoors whenever she can to ski, camp, and hike with her family.
Rianne is a former competitive artistic gymnast who has coached artistic gymnastics and trampoline. The last 7 years she has coached beginner to international competitive acrobatic gymnastics. She is level 2 certified in trampoline and women's gymnastics, level 1 certified in acrobatic gymnastics, and holds a degree in Kinesiology. Outside of Flip Factory Rianne works as an exercise physiologist with people who have physical disabilities. Aside from coaching, Rianne enjoys mountain and road biking, traveling, and baking! She just had her first baby in August 2015 and is enjoying spending time with her daughter.
Madeline has grown up in the gymnastics world and has been involved with Flip Factory since she was 11 years old. Following in her mom’s active footsteps, Madeline is currently a preschool coach, first degree black belt in Poekoelan, an Indonesian form of mixed martial arts, and aspiring business woman hoping to one day own her own martial arts studio. She also has a background in gymnastics, trampoline, contortion, dance, and hopes to begin soon on working towards her gymnastics coaching certificates.
Alexis is a Youth and Bookings coach. She has competed provincially in artistic gymnastics, nationally in acrobatic gymnastics, as a competitive cheerleader. She also enjoys training in circus aerials as well! Alexis has recently completed her Foundations course, and hopes to continue coaching as a way to positively impact kids’ lives!
Jenna moved to Calgary from Montreal and joined our Summer Camp and Birthday teams in June of 2013. Jenna has competed and coached at a national level in cheerleading, tumbling, badminton, and tennis. She also enjoys snowboarding, figure skating, back packing and is fluent in English and French. Jenna’s warm, enthusiastic and caring approach to everyone she meets makes her a favorite coach for many! Jenna is a Level 2 Women's Artistic Gymnastics Coach and has taken circus aerials training through Spectacle Blue and teeter board and trampo wall though Bob Watson of Vancouver's Circus Lab. Jenna is working toward a degree in business management in addition to sharing her knowledge and passion for teaching at Flip. Her goal is to open a Flip Factory in the Yukon.
Jessica, Office Manager
Jessica joined Flip Factory on the administration team in May 2015, bringing her skills in administration, design, and trapeze. Jessica studied at Alberta College of Art and Design, and took several years of trapeze training for fun. She enjoys her time off by camping, traveling, and baking!
Lauren, Birthday Facilitator
Lauren is a junior coach and an acrobatic gymnast who has competed at an international level, and is currently working in our Booking department! Lauren trains in aerial hoop and hand balancing, but also enjoys painting. Lauren has recently completed her CPR training and will start working on her foundations training as soon as she can!
Coach Mackenzie joined the Flip Preschool team in September 2015. Mackenzie has also trained at Flip Factory for circus aerials and as a participant of Under the Big Top Circus Camp! She is currently still pursuing her training in aerial hoop, contortion, and acro and hopes to progress her future in circus arts. Mackenzie enjoys the fun and excitement of Flip and helping the kids to develop their gymnastics skills.
Alex, Assistant Coach
Alex is a coach who trained at Flip Factory for almost three years before joining the team in October of 2017. Her past involvement in Flip also including participating in the 2016 Cirque du Flip production: Alice in Wonderland. Her favourite part about being a part of the team is introducing kids to circus and seeing them fall in love with it. She is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and has been participating in recreational gymnastics since she was in kindergarten. Now in high school, her goals include going to college, continuing her training and pursuing circus.
James was born and raised in Calgary and has been gymnast training for 13 years and parkour/free-running training for 3 years! After training at Flip Factory for a few years, James joined the Flip team in May 2017. He enjoys working with kids and helping them meet their goals. Outside of work, he spends a lot of his time hanging out with friends. He is also one of the fastest Rubik’s Cube solvers in Canada and part of the World Cube Association!
Brooke, Assistant Coach
Brooke is an assistant coach who joined the Flip Team in January 2018. Originally from Kelowna, Brooke is well trained in circus, hand balancing, hand to hand, and tumbling. Every summer she attends the École Nationale de Cirque in Montreal to develop her skills. She even does busking (street performing)! Her favourite part about the team is getting the opportunity to teach children the art of cirque and gymnastics. Currently, her goals are to continue training in order to improve her skills, and join Cirque de Soleil.
Sara, Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach Sara has been training in gymnastics since she was two years old. Her circus training at Flip Factory started a couple years before joining the team in September of 2017. Currently, she continues to train while assisting in classes such as Circus Sampler and Kindergym. Sara is very passionate about circus, but also enjoys other forms of performance and fine arts. Her favourite hobbies include theatre, special effects makeup, painting and reading. Her favourite part about working at Flip is being part of a big amazing family with specialized talents. Her goals are to continue studying at school and training in circus until she can eventually pursue a future in medicine.
Taylor, Assistant Coach
Taylor is an assistant coach who joined the team in January 2018 but has been participating in Flip Factory classes since 2011. Taylor enjoys practicing a variety of circus arts including aerial silks, props, and juggling. She keeps active outside of classes by playing soccer, hiking, and enjoying general outdoor fun. Her favourite part about being part of the team is working with kids and seeing them grow as athletes. Eventually, Taylor would like to move up to being a coach, but in the meantime is continuing to develop her coaching and circus skills.
Patrick Chan, Guest Coach
Patrick is a Guest Coach at Flip Factory who contributes his skills to the circus community in his spare time, through performance or instruction. A late bloomer gymnast, and Patrick started at a age 25. After finding circus arts, and training straight for 4 years, he was invited to audition and successfully entered Cirque Du Soleil’s roster in 2014. Originally from Calgary, Patrick currently work for the City of Calgary in Water Treatment, ensuring water quality and safety for Calgary’s citizens and future generations! His next goal is to perform with Cirque Du Soleil after joining their roster and developing his skills as a professional straps artist. Patrick is excited to be making connections in such a vibrant industry and experimenting with movement and people who look like they are having a blast.