Ariel has been a member of the Bellingham Circus Guild for several years with brief escapades to other cities for training. She has studied at SANCA and Versatile Arts in Seattle, The San Francisco Circus Center and Academie Fratellini in Paris. After spending a summer on tour with the New Old Time Chautauqua she decided to co-found the circus company Capistrano Circus, a small troupe that focuses on bringing small shows to underserved communities.