June 13 - August 12
(No classes June 20, July 4 - 8)
June 13 - August 12
(No classes June 20, July 4 - 8)
Mondays - Thursdays
5pm - 8pm
Similar to our Fall/Spring Session, Summer Evening Classes are an opportunity for current students to continue their training or for new students to try classes for the first time.
Drop In Classes and Session Registration available
To sign up:
Go to our registration site VAMP
Sign in or create a family account
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.
Limited Class Opportunities with Rebecca Starr!
Wednesdays (July 20 & 27)
Advanced Lyra - 5pm - 6pm
Acro Dance - 6pm - 7pm
Stretch for Aspiring Bendy Bodies 7pm - 8pm
Tuesdays (July 19, 26)
Duo Lyra - 7pm - 8pm
Options to sign up are
Drop In (Single or Class Card,) or
Register for the July Session
Acro Dance will incorporate Acrobatics with the flow of Contemporary Dance. Learn how to move in and out of the floor safely. Students need to be comfortable inverting on their hands.
Focused floor tumbling, stretch and strength, acrobatics includes work on progressions from basic rolls, cartwheels, back bends, and handstands. These skills are a prerequisite to Partner Acrobatics.
This class will cater directly to the aerial level of the students within the class. Students will engage in proper warm-up and stretch before training either on a sling, silks, or trapeze apparatus. Instructors will teach skills and exercises based on current skill level.
Aerial Partnering teaches concepts of working with a partner on an apparatus like Silks, Lyra, and Trapeze. Students learn the principles of supporting each other in balance, counter-balance, and lifts in the air as well as poses and sequences on and below the apparatus.
Learn the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will focus on both barre and center work. The intricacy and extent of training will depend on the student’s level.
ChoreoLab is the opportunity to learn choreographic tools to create engaging dances. Students need to be age 15+ and have taken at least 1 year in dance and/or circus arts.
Circus & Dance Workshop Series
The Circus & Dance Workshop Series is an opportunity to try a different Circus or Dance discipline outside of what is typically taught in class. This class changes each month and may include classes like Belly Dancing, African Dance, Spanish Web, Acting, Stilts, and Bungee.
Conditioning is designed to increase range of motion, balance, muscle flexibility, and overall strength. This class includes cardio and body weight exercises to increase endurance.
Conditioning with Stretch and Contortion Focus
Conditioning is designed to increase overall strength, endurance, range of motion, balance, and muscle flexibility. Both strength and flexibility are important aspects of successful contortion. This class will include cardio, body weight exercises, and introduce proper techniques of full body stretching. Students will learn ways to push their bodies and minds in a healthy and productive way. This class goes beyond normal stretching allowing for growth and for students to test their bodies limits.
This dance class allows students to explore and understand how their own bodies move while gaining an understanding of contemporary vocabulary and how it is similar, yet different, then classical ballet. Students will develop body control as well as freedom of movement.
Creative Dance & Circus
This class for young movers will inspire creativity and curiosity as students explore the arts of circus and dance. Students will be introduced to fundamental contemporary dance, juggling, acrobatics, movement creation and more.
Evening Class Faculty
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!
Elly Craig is an enthusiastic, driven, and sparkly person who has a wonder for the world and is always trying to find ways to make it a happier, healthier place. They began circusing at just 3 years old in a family trapeze class; since then, they have always found their happy place within the circus community. They followed their passion and air for adventure by moving to Norway to attend a circus boarding school, then returned state side to attend NECCA’s Pro-Track program. Elly’s performance specialties include Cyr Wheel, Partner Acrobatics, and German Wheel. They are so very pleased to get to share circus with the world through coaching and give others the opportunity to experience all the joy that comes with movement expression.
Kaila Rhyne (formerly Dockal) 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.
Nicole Muse-Dennis is originally from Queens, New York where she began dancing at the age of 3. Nicole has studied
tap, jazz, ballet, modern/contemporary, pointe, and African forms of dance. Nicole’s teaching and choreography first began as a teenager where she and two other students were given the opportunity to compose all choreography and all instruction for the dance class at her high school. Nicole continued this into college where she was the principal dancer and choreographer for the Association of Rhythmic Talent on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. Nicole also served as the assistant to the director of The Artistic Studio in Winston-Salem State University. She taught for the Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC. Nicole is also the co-founder FLOW liturgical dance ministry. Nicole’s resume is
full of guest teaching tenures at studios, schools, churches, and workshops as her company Muse Inspired Arts. Her performance experience includes theatrical dance performances including being cast as Mary in the National Black Repertory Theater’s production of the Black Nativity. Nicole is the mother of two daughters. She is a licensed teacher for the State of North Carolina. Her friends and family describe her as loyal, passionate, and creative. Her passion is in helping dancers reach new heights by actualizing the beauty and power that they have in themselves.
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!