Circus & Dance
Summer Creation Lab


Audition Required

Virtual auditions accepted until programs are full. 

June 14 - June 25: "Celebration of Nations"

with Indoor Performance June 26


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

with Indoor Performance July 30


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 have the opportunity to take technique classes in dance and circus such as contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, juggling, and acrobatics.  Please see schedules on this page. 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

Now accepting applications to audition via video

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.

  • Indoor Performance on June 26

  • Locations: CC&DC Studio Theater

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

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: Saturday, July 31 at 3 pm

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

  • The show will be recorded.

  • This show will have live audience.  

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.  

Video Submission Checklist
Submit your videos all in 1 video in the Audition Form by April 15th, 2021.  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: email to to schedule your Zoom Audition, you will receive a video link to learn a short contemporary dance phrase before your zoom audition time. 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

Avi Wolf Borouchoff  

June| Straps, Jazz, Deep Stretch


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 
June | Trapeze & Silks


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!

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Skyla Caldwell 
June & July | Ballet


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.

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Ashley Carter 
July | contemporary dance, ChoreoLab


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


Cornell Freeney

July | German Wheel

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 
July | handbalancing, Silks, stilt walking


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 
June & July | Contemporary Dance, Hanbalancing, ChoreoLab, Silks, juggling, Jazz & Hip-hop


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.


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Carolina  Quirós Otárola

June & July | Lyra, Silks, Acrobatics, Deep Stretch


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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