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 (June 22, 29; July 20, 27)
Stretch for Aspiring Bendy Bodies
Options to sign up are Drop In (Single or Class Card,) Register for the June Session,
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.
Aspiring Bendy Bodies
Aspiring Bendy Bodies is for those who want to increase their flexibility and wish to develop splits, backbends, or shoulder stacked bridges.
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.
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.
Students will learn the fundamentals of dance based in the ballet tradition with technique, body adlignment, musicality, and floor work. They will learn dance vocabulary and explore dance styles like Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz.
Learn the fundamentals dance. This class will include basic ballet technique and proper body alignment as well as allowing students to explore and understand how their own bodies move. Develop an understanding of Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. Students will develop body control as well as freedom of movement. This class is a great companion to Aerial Dance or any other apparatus class.
Stretching and flexibility are a key part of training and of a circus or dance performers work. Taking students through the proper techniques of full body stretching, they experience and 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.
Duo Trapeze uses a bar connected to the ceiling by two ropes at two points. 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 bar as well as on the ropes.
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.
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!