June 14 - August 13
No Classes July 5 - 9.
Our Summer Semester allows students to continue their training and work with our instructors throughout the summer months.
No Registration Fee for current students.
To sign up:
Go to our registration site VAMP
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From the Main Menu, under Classes and Registration, choose Register Session Class
Choose your desired classes and process payment
You can purchase a Class card and drop into individual classes.
Partner Acrobatics 1
You must have completed Acrobatics Level 1 OR be Age 16+ with some individual acrobatic skills.
Partner Acrobatics 2
You must be approved by faculty and completed Partner Acrobatics 1.
You must sign up with a partner who will be your partner for the 8 weeks. If you cannot find a partner, we can help!
If under the age of 18, parents must sign a consent form that they understand their child will not be 6' from their partner during this class. Masks will be worn at all times.
Limited space, so sign up soon.
*** Straps Pre-requisites: Can hang from two arms in long and short position for 20 seconds and can invert in the air at least 5 times in a row with long or short arms
*Denotes Virtual Class option
Dance 101 is for students who might not consider themselves a dancer but enjoy the physicality of sports & want to try something new. This class will help build ankle stability and overall agility, enhancing your skills in other sports, or is perfect if you want to reconnect to dance and movement.
Rhythmic Gymnastics (Hula Hoop)
Rhythmic gymnastic Hoop blends elements of ballet, modern dance, basic acrobatic skills with the hoop apparatus. Rhythmic gymnastics hoop includes rotation around the hand or body and rolling, as well as swings, circles, throws, and passes through and over the hoop. You’ll work on mastering both apparatus handling and body movements like leaps, jumps and pivots.
The German Wheel is like a giant hamster wheel for humans. Inside of the wheel, you will defy gravity as you flip, spin, and test your strength. You will master these skills encapsulated by the German Wheel, and experience an entirely fun and new way to work out.
Musical Theatre is for students who want to enrich their musical theatre technique. Students will be guided through vocal and dance exercises, improv games, and more to develop their overall musical theatre training.
Considered one of the more physically challenging disciplines, requiring physical strength, focus and endurance. This class will be intense conditioning.
- can hang from two arms in long and short position for 20 seconds
- can invert in the air at least 5 times in a row with long or short arms
Evening Class Faculty
Avi Wolf Borouchoff began dancing at the bright age of eighteen after being inspired by Pilobolus Dance Theater. Becoming heavily involved in the theater program at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Avi fell in love with dance after one of his mentors encouraged him to enroll in a Jazz class. He now holds a BFA in dance from Temple University and is eager to submerge himself into the world of performing arts. He has performed in NYC with Gunnar Montana Productions, as well as Montreal with Montreal Completement Cirque. Avi is a regular performer at Fabrika Fishtown in Philadelphia. Avi specializes in Aerial Straps but has heightened awareness of silks, rope and partner acrobatics. With a background in competitive cross-country, gymnastics, and swim, Avi wastes very little time in developing a unique blend of athleticism and dance.
Caroline Calouche, has taught contemporary dance, Pilates, Gyrokinesis and ballet at UNC Charlotte, Winthrop University, The Belmont School of Ballet, Gaston Dance Theatre and The School of North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her dance and fitness teaching background has allowed her to become a sought after aerial dance instructor. Not only has Caroline developed a safe method and syllabus of teaching Aerial Silk, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, Corde Lisse and Spanish Web, she is able to teach students how to incorporate floor work with their apparatus to seamlessly move from the ground up and back again. With her strong anatomy and physiology background, Caroline focuses on proper alignment in the air and on the ground to prevent injury and promote efficient movement. Caroline’s aerial and dance training is diverse. In the air, she has worked with Juliana Hane, Nicole Merman, Elsie and Serenity Smith, Christine van Loo, Caroline Wright, Jamie Hodgson, Tanya Burka, Cheetah Platt, Kevin O’Connor, Allie Cooper, Nancy Smith and Susan Murphy. While on the ground, Caroline’s influential teachers range from Leah Cox (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Elizabeth Corbett (Forsythe Composition), Libby Farr (Ballet), Andrew Harwood (Contact Improvisation), Fernando Bujones (Ballet), Elizabeth Gillaspy (Ballet), Susan Douglas Roberts (Contemporary), Brenda Daniels (Modern Dance) to name a few on an endless list of amazing teachers!
Skyla Caldwell, A.R.A.D. trained at the Charlotte School of Ballet under Gay Porter Speer and The Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA as a scholarship student under the direction of Robert Munoz. Skyla has danced for NCDT as an apprentice under Salvatore Aiello and Jerry Kumery. Caldwell has also danced at the National Ballet of Cuba under Laura Alonzo in Havana, Cuba, and is associated with the Royal Academy of London. Caldwell has danced with the Moving Poets Theater of Dance for the last eight years and is currently serving as the Ballet Mistress of the Union County Youth Ballet.
Ashley Carter is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, both internationally as well as in the U.S. Primarily trained in New York, she has studied and worked in many different styles from ballet to lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob's Pillow, Teatro Madrid, Battery Dance Festival, The Barrow Street Theater, SummerStage, The Highline Ballroom, Webster Hall, and BB Kings. Ashley is also on faculty at Ballet Academy East, and Ellison Ballet in New York, various schools in Mexico and Spain; former faculty at Peridance, and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Ballet Arts in New York City, the Barcelona Jazz Dance Festival, Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, Tony Williams Dance Center and Green St Studios in Boston; Punahou, University of Hawaii, Kailua Dance Academy and the Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, Bender Performing Arts in Phoenix, and Tarrytown Dance in Austin. Most recently she has worked with Michele Assaf, teaching for Broadway Teaches Kids.
Read Ashley's full bio here.
Jeremy Foster is a software developer by day and an aspiring circus artist by night. He began taking recreational circus classes as an adult in 2018 and is currently a student in the Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center's Pre-Professional program, focusing on partner acrobatics, duo trapeze, aerial straps, and handbalancing. He has been living in Charlotte since 2010 which he has made his home after meeting his wife and graduating from UNC Charlotte with a B.S. in computer science. He has a background as a personal trainer who continues that passion for everything fitness and nutrition related today.
Jennifer Foster is a Charlotte, NC native and currently lives in Concord, NC with her husband. In 2015, she graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. She now works as a senior accountant at LendingTree, LLC. In 2018, she began taking recreational aerial classes with her husband at Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center (CC&DC) where she fell in love with the art. Currently, she is in the Pre-Professional track at CC&DC with a focus on Partner Acrobatics, Duo Trapeze and Silks. She is excited to share her passion and love for circus with others.
Cornell Freeney joined CircEsteem & The Chicago Youth Circus at the age of thirteen in search of excitement. He first took interest in tumbling and mini-trampoline. In 2005, Cornell started to train on the German Wheel. Preparing for The World Championships in Wheel Gymnastics, Cornell practiced every day before and after school. After two years of training, he competed in Salzburg, Austria. There he placed 7th all around, 6th in spiral, and 2nd in vault. Winning four gold medals, Cornell has also shown success in national competitions.
Upon graduating from High School in 2008, he started his career in German Wheel on ice, performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Understanding the importance of education, later that year, he enrolled into Illinois State University. Along with earning a degree in elementary education, he was able to grow his circus skills through Illinois State's Gamma Phi Circus program.
Since graduating, Cornell has been coaching circus acts and performing on and at various stages and arenas.
Rachel Hipszer grew up in Hershey, PA where she was a competitive gymnast, finding aerial arts in 2008. In 2011 she moved to Columbia, SC to pursue a degree in Marine Science and Statistics. While in college, she was accepted into a local circus troupe, performing with them for 5 years. In 2016 she was accepted into NECCA's intensive program and moved to Brattleboro, Vermont focusing on hand-balancing and aerial fabric. Since then, she has stayed in Brattleboro, coaching and performing with troupes such as Nimble Arts, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Boston Circus Guild, and Wunderle's Big Top Adventures.
Michelle Mazzarella is an 'artistic chameleon' who thrives in roles both on stage and offstage. She is a choreographer, aerialist, dancer, producer, director and educator. She started her career dancing around the living room performing for friends and family, but quickly graduated to more professional training opportunities. After finding her feet on the ground, she turned her focus to the air, and was accepted to the ProTrack training program at the New England Center for the Arts, focusing on aerial sling and cyr wheel. Michelle lives to tell stories through movement and pull her audience in to her world through musicality, texture, and human connection.
Phillip McRorie is a dancer and bodyworker working in and around Charlotte, NC. He began his dance education at Appalachian State University as a Dance Studies major studying various dance styles, as well as composition and choreography. While in Boone, Phillip was able to study and perform with the Western Carolina Youth Ballet and Verge Dance Collective. After graduating from Appalachian, Phillip moved to Asheville and acted as a resident choreographer and dancer for the Asheville Ballet and Operations Assistant with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. As a resident choreographer, he was able to produce various contemporary and modern pieces for the company. Following performing in Asheville, Phillip performed with Caroline Calouche and Co. in Charlotte and began teaching at various studios in and around the area.
Casandra Newkirk is originally from NC and lived in Charlotte and Rocky Mount before leaving for undergrad. She has a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Florida and do research focused on coral reef ecology and preservation. She started aerial over 4 years ago during graduate school as a way to relieve stress and has been hooked ever since. She primarily trains on silks and lyra, but recently started dance trapeze classes and loves that as well! Outside of aerial and science, she loves to read, write, and spend time with my family!
Carolina Quirós Otárola began her dance life at age 6 at the Conservatory of Castella in Costa Rica taking classes in ballet and creative movement. She graduated from this institution in 2005 with a Bachelor in Media Education and a Medium Art Technician with an emphasis in Dance- Ballet and Piano. She graduated from the School of Dance at the National University of Costa Rica. She has danced professionally with the National Dance Company of El Salvador and "Metamorfosis" directed by Sol Carballo Bolaños, where she developed as a dancer and aerialist. She now lives in Mooresville with her husband and two children.
Rachel Peterson is very excited to join Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center as a teacher this summer. She is a rising junior at High Point University where she studies dance performance and choreography. She graduated from Cox Mill High School and has been dancing for 18 years. She’s been very active in regional theater at CPCC and Children’s Theater. She just finished creating a piece for HPU’s spring dance concert and performing in Godspell. She cannot wait to share her knowledge of dance and bring some musical theater flair to the studio.
Mary Wyant is a choral and theatre director with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and our current board secretary at CC&Co. In addition to teaching, Mary is also a voice coach and has adjudicated performances for Florida Vocal Association and Florida Theatre Conference. Mary’s musical theatre students have consistently earned Superior ratings at Florida District and State Thespian Festivals, and have performed at Universal Studios Orlando and Walt Disney World. A native of Tampa, FL, Mary previously worked for Pinellas County Schools where her interest in global arts advocacy grew. She is a past board member for Arts for a Complete Education, Pinellas Referendum Advisory Board, and served as District Coordinator with the Florida Vocal Association. Mary recently interned with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, through which she collaborated on marketing, publicity, and fundraising campaigns for the Chorale’s 40th Anniversary Gala and concert series. Mary supports the mission and vision of CC&Co. A fierce believer in Arts for All, she is passionate about this company’s continued commitment to the inclusivity of its students, patrons, and stakeholders, and strives to uphold CC&Co as stand-out community artists of Charlotte and beyond.