We are Marissa Dorschner and Cade Holmseth and we are 2 Defy Gravity! We are a beautiful and death defying circus-based performance duo founded in Saint Paul and have been wowing audiences since 2009! We perform at all sorts of venues and events across the Twin Cities and Minnesota.


With a combined total of over 40 years experience in Circus and dance, 2 Defy Gravity offers top level professional entertainment that will make any event stand out in peoples' memories! We bring strength and beauty together with danger and awe in a way most people only dream to experience! Combining the circus arts of silks, lyra, acro-balancing, trapeze, chains and fire with dance and aerial dance, we are a great addition to your next event or party! We do birthdays, weddings, private parties, nightclubs, fundraisers and any other event you can think of as both mainstage and ambient performance to generate lots of buzz about your event and get people talking!


In addition to being a performance duo, both of us are full time teachers of the aerial arts as well. If you've ever wanted to run away to the circus and learn to fly, we offer classes and private lessons as well! This is perfect for birthday parties, bachelorette parties or other small to medium group activity!

Cade Holmseth LMT, BCMT, grew up inMinnesotawhere he continues to reside and pursue his passions. He received a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota and a degree in massage and shiatsu therapy from CenterPoint School for Massage & Shiatsu. Shortly after graduation he connected with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater where he spent 7 years performing, teaching and doing community outreach work. 


He has worked with many other companies in the Twin Cities, performing locally and abroad, and has spent some of that time developing full length dance works of his own under the company name Cade Holmseth Dance. 


Since 2004, he has indulged a side passion for the aerial arts with aerial silks and lyra, trapeze, acro-balancing, aerial chains and fire breathing/spinning to name a few. 


Besides co-founding 2 Defy Gravity with Marissa, he also owns and operates a massage clinic called Hands of Health Bodywork in St. Paul where his practice is focused on alternative health care and long term balance and well being.  www.hohbodywork.com


Since 2012 he has been building programs and curriculum to teach the aerial arts to adults. The programs are focused on developing skills through progressions from the absolute beginner all the way to the pre-professional and performance levels and has had fun including focus on performance and character.  In 2017 he founded an LLC with another teaching partner, Shadowcat Sophie, under the name C&S Aerial and Circus Arts.  



Marissa Dorschner has been training as an aerialist since she was bit by the circus bug at Circus Juventas (then Circus of the Stars) in 1998. Since then she has trained under the guidance of international coaches in several aerial acts including solo and triple trapeze, flying trapeze, triangle trapeze, lyra, silks, and acro-balancing. In 2007 she met Cade, and they began training together as 2 Defy Gravity.


Since graduating from the Circus Juventas youth program, Marissa has continued training and performing professionally throughout the Twin Cities area and beyond. In 2010 she had the opportunity to travel abroad as a performer on tour in Mongolia with Mission Manduhai. She proudly now works as a coach at Circus Juventas, joining her passion with working with youth to her love of the circus arts.  In the fall of 2015, she got accepted to the U of M to earn her masters degree in Youth Development leadership.


How to Find Us

2 Defy Gravity

Mailing address:

2285 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 612 269-2207
Email: info@2defygravity.com


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