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Circus & Dance
Summer Creation Lab

Creation Lab

July 18 - 29 (2 weeks)

Performance: July 30 at 3pm

CC&DC Studio Theater

Ages 8+

Audition Required


2-week program (no option for 1 week)


Session Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Fee: $800 per session, $350 deposit due at registration

Full tuition due June 18

The Summer Circus & Dance Creation Lab is a two-week program that culminates in a performance.  Students will choose their technique classes in dance and circus arts such as contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, juggling, and acrobatics. 

Sample Daily Schedule

9am - 10am: Warm-up

10am - 1pm: Classes  

1pm - 2pm: Lunch (bring your lunch or can purchase from the cafe next door)

2pm - 5pm: Classes

The Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center is looking for team-focused, emerging artists who are a minimum age of 9 and rising to Grade Level 4.  This training and performance opportunity is open to adults.  We are looking for students who want to improve their technique and dance and circus arts as well as collaborate on the creation of a show. 

Video Submission Checklist
Please make sure the link works and it is not password protected.  We recommend YouTube or Vimeo.

____ Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you: 1 minute max

____ Circus Solo: 1 minute

____ Dance Solo: 1 minute

____ Other Skills: 1 minute

Audition tips
Keep your hair out of your face.
Wear form fitting clothing for safety.
Show skills that you have performed already.
Come prepared. 
Perform everything!

Accommodation Options for Out-of-Town Students

Estimated Weekly Airbnb: $400 - $600*
*Shared with other students.
We can connect you with other students and families for housing.

Estimated Hotel Daily: $75 - $125

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Due to these uncertain times that we live in due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our refund policy.  If you feel unsafe sending your child to our camp, below are your refund and cancellation options:

2 Weeks Notice: Full Refund of Tuition

Less than 2 Weeks Notice: 30% Refund of Tuition

During Program: No refund.

If you do cancel and financially are able, we would like for you to consider donating your tuition to our Resilience Fund. 

Know that we have limited space for those to audition and for the program due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Once you cancel, someone else might take your child’s space.  

We will be monitoring CDC and state guidelines to determine best practices as we approach summer camps.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be implemented if necessary.

2022 Circus & Dance Creation Lab Faculty

Caroline Calouche - Contemporary Dance, Aerial Silks, Deep Stretch, Partner Acrobatics

Caroline  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!


Jamie Drye - Contemporary Dance, Street Jazz
Jamie is originally from North Carolina where he started his dance background in Liturgical Dance. He knew he was destined to create after starting his dance training at Western Carolina University where he performed with Asheville Ballet. He later transferred to Winthrop University in Rock Hill SC where he received his BA in Dance Performance. He continued his dance career performing in Joseph and the Amazing Techni-Colored Dream Coat at the Concord Community theatre, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Central Piedmont Community College. Dancing with companies Caroline Calouche & Company (Charlotte, NC), Annex Dance Company (Charleston, SC), and trained/apprenticed with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company in New York City. Jamie is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Drye/Marinaro Dance Company where he travels, performs, and sets work along the east coast. Jamie currently resides in New York City. TV credits include: The Wendy Williams show, Good Morning America, The View, and Good Day NY. He continues to work as a choreographer, dance educator, dance fitness instructor, co-creator of Fueled eMotion: The Cardio Dance Experience, and as a Group Fitness Manager at Crunch Fitness Gym.

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Kaila Rhyne (formerly Dockal) Street Jazz
Kaila is a graduate from Winthrop University with her B.A. in Dance with a Concentration in K-12 Teacher Certification. Kaila has been dancing for the past 25 years studying the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern and lyrical. She has also been teaching dance for the past 12 years, teaching ballet, tap, jazz, aerial sling, partner acrobatics and hip-hop at various studios in the Carolinas. Kaila has been the dance teacher at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC for the past 4 years. Kaila became interested in aerial arts while participating in the summer intensive program taught by Caroline Calouche. Kaila has had the pleasure of performing with Caroline Calouche and Co. in previous shows including Rouge and Clara's Trip.

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Rebecca Starr - Contortion, Lyra, Handbalancing

Rebecca got her start in gymnastics at the age of 3 and has been moving ever since! After years of competing she found her true love, performance and the Circus Arts. In the early 2000s Rebecca studied dance and movement at San Diego State University, while performing with the Fern Street Circus and Cirque de la Mer. Rebecca is the co-founder of Lyralicious, a duo specializing in aerial hoop. She performed worldwide as part of Lyralicious for many years. She has been featured on MTV’s MADE, NY Ink, and CBS This Morning; and performed with Cirque Dreams, “The Girlie Show”, L.A Circus, Quixotic Fusion, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival, San Diego Symphony, Middlebury Opera Company, and countless more special events, corporate productions, and galas. Rebecca was an integral part of the emerging world of Pole Fitness in the early 2010s; she competed, performed and judged internationally for several years. Recently, Rebecca has been traveling the world as a master instructor, doing tours and residencies at circus schools and studios across the globe. Since 2016 she has coached and choreographed for the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. She is currently the Head of Aerial Arts at Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, where she teaches Lyra, Pole, Contortion, and Acrobatics.

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Shaun Wilson - Acrobatics, Partner Acrobatics, Hip-hop

Coming all the way from sunny Melbourne, Florida (where NASA is located), Shaun Wilson is a cheerleader gone dancer gone aerialist. With over 12 years of performance experience under his belt, he has trained in ballroom, jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics, and aerial arts. With a passion for teaching and sharing, Shaun has coached dance and tumbling at various dance centers, with students ranging from kindergartners to adults. 
In his free time, Shaun enjoys all types of outdoor activities, including skating, swimming, hiking, and kayaking. When he is not outside, he is either playing Mariokart or binge-watching Netflix dramas.

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