The Flying Royals

The Best
Global Performers

The Flying Royals hail from all over the Americas and Europe and their personal talents truly round out the presentation. Not only are they elite flying trapeze artists but they perform lyra, duo trapeze, juggling, and trampoline acrobatics, too!

Watch our reel and then learn our history and meet the founders.

Criss-crossing Since 1950
Trapeze Origins

A criss-crossing trapeze act was originally innovated in the 1950s and ‘60s by the Great Otari Troupe and again in the mid-1990s by the Caballero family for The Greatest Show on Earth. It has been over 20 years since an act of this nature has been performed and never in the fashion of the Flying Royals.

multigenerational artists
The Flying Royals

The Flying Royals is a troupe of multigenerational Flying Trapeze artists and students of the country’s premier Circus schools led by Justin and April Chodkowski. They have been working together as Catcher and Flyer since 2009 in venues all over the world, including Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas, NV and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Orlando, FL. They were married in 2015 and have two sons, Bodhi (5) and Levi (2). Always pushing for excellence, they are eager to present an act of caliber and quality.

Justin and April were featured in The Flying Tuniziani’s Golden Clown winning performance in Monte Carlo 2020. Here is the troupe with Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie.
Started Performing at 12

Justin began performing with the famous Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus at 12 as a young acrobat. As he grew, so did his talent and Justin mastered the most thrilling acts in the business- walking the Wheel of Death, racing motorcycles in the Globe, and launching himself as the Human Cannonball. He has been soaring on the Flying Trapeze for over 20 years as both a flyer and a catcher. He has entertained audiences on some of the most prestigious stages: Germany, Monte Carlo, Japan, Mexico, and in nearly every state in the USA! Justin is one of very few catchers who have caught elite level tricks such as the double, double 1/2 and quadruple somersaults.

15+ years Experience

April grew up a competitive gymnast and got her circus start at Florida State University in the Flying High Circus. After graduating with her Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, she joined the famous Flying Pages and has been performing professionally ever since. One of the premier female trapeze artist flying today, April has been dazzling audiences with her aerial feats for nearly 15 years across America and the globe. She also presents a Cloudswing solo act and will Ringmistress performances.