Circus & Dance Summer Creation Lab 

June 14 - June 25: "Celebration of Nations"

with Outdoor Performances June 26 and 27


July 19 - August 1: "Create-a-Show"

with Indoor Performances July 30, 31, Aug 1


2-week program (no option for 1 week)


Session Schedule:

Monday - Friday

9am - 5pm

Age: Minimum of 9 and rising Grades 4+

Fee: $695 per session

The Circus & Dance Summer Creation Lab is a two-week program that culminates in an indoor and an outdoor performance.  Students will take technique classes in contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, aerial silks, trapeze and acrobatics.  Students will have the opportunity to choose their technique classes for the two weeks.  Pending on the goals of the students (see Audition Form), we have the capacity to include faculty in other disciplines such as African Dance, Latin Dance, Cyr Wheel and Aerial Straps. 

Audition Information

Audition required.
Audition Fee: $15

In-Person Audition: Saturday, March 13, 1pm - 3pm at our studios

Video Audition Deadline: Saturday, March 13 at Noon

Zoom Audition for Video Auditionees: March 13, 3pm - 6pm EST

Notification: March 20

Accept Your Invitation by: March 31

Sample Daily Schedule

9am - 10am: Morning Conditioning

10:15am - 11:15am: Dance Technique

11:30am - 12:30pm: Aerial Dance Technique

12:30pm - 1:15pm: Lunch (Bring your lunch or purchase from the cafe next door) and Rest

1:15pm - 2pm: Improvisation

2pm - 5pm: Rehearsal

June 14 - June 25 Session

  • Theme: Celebration of Nations

  • Students will collaborate with the faculty on the show that will have a multi-cultural focus.

  • Outdoor Performances on June 26 & 27

  • Locations: TBA but in the Charlotte area

  • Students will help faculty and crew in the stage set-up and strike.  

  • If there is inclement weather, the show will move in to our studio theater.

July 19 - July 30 Session

  • Theme: Create-a-Show

  • Students will collaborate with faculty on the full creation of the show.

  • Indoor Performance

  • Location: CC&DC Studio Theater

  • Showtimes: Friday, July 30 at 7pm, Saturday, July 31 at 1pm & 7pm, Sunday, August 1 at 1pm

  • Students will help the faculty and crew set-up and strike the stage.

  • The show will be live streamed and recorded.

  • We hope that this show will have a small live audience as well but this depends on our local community's progress with COVID-19.  

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 new show.  Because each program is two weeks, we are looking for focused and mature students willing to learn.  

In-Person Audition Information 

  • Circus Solo: Prepare a 1 minute solo that is in any circus discipline.  

    • In-Person Audition: Please bring your music with you on a device that can be easily connected to an AUX cable.  

  • Contemporary Dance: Come prepared to learn a phrase.  No socks  

  • Other Skills: Bring what you need to show us any other disciplines in dance or circus arts.

Video Submission Checklist
Submit your videos all in 1 video in the Audition Form by March 13 at Noon.  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

____ Other Skills: 1 minute
____ Contemporary Dance Zoom Audition for Video Auditions: On March 13 at 3pm EST, you will receive a video link to learn a short contemporary dance phrase.  Sign up for a time (sign up for only 1 slot and max of 3 people per slot) to pop in to a Zoom room with the Creation Lab selection committee to present the contemporary dance combination.  Feel free to ask us any questions at this time too.  The combination will be made in mind with a maximum of 10’ x 10’ clear space and for multiple surfaces.  Please wear clothing that is form fitting and not the same color as your background.  

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.

Estimated Hotel Daily: $75 - $125

Host Family: TBD

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.

2021 Faculty - more to be announced

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.

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. ​

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Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center
9315-E Monroe Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28270

Phone: 704.844.0449