Mackenzie was bitten by the dance bug nearly at birth – first ballet and tap, then exploring modern dance, tumbling, musical theatre, and clowning. This passion led to studies in Dance at Macalester College and Iowa State University. One day during a dance class after moving to Madison, she wondered how she could learn to fly on the trapezes looped to the studio ceiling, and when she started trapeze with Wild Rumpus Circus a few months later, a circus love was born.
Quickly expanding her studies into silks, rope, pole, and custom apparatuses, Mackenzie soon began choreographing and producing shows, beginning with the 2013 Chiaroscuro Student Showcase with Cycropia Aerial Dance. She also began assistant teaching with Wild Rumpus Circus and fell in love all over again, now with the joy of new students taking first flight. When Madison Circus Space opened, she jumped right in, creating, directing, producing, and/or choreographing in shows like Skeleton Circus, Circus After Dark, and Circus on TV. In 2016 she began teaching aerial silks, eventually adding trapeze and sling. Mackenzie specializes in helping students with all different shapes and sizes become fabulous aerialists in a supportive and fun environment.