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June 13 - August 12
(No classes June 20, July 4 - 8)

 June 13 - August 12

(No classes June 20, July 4 - 8)

8 weeks

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. 

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Limited Class Opportunities with Rebecca Starr!

Wednesdays (June 22, 29; July 20, 27)

Advanced Lyra

Acro Dance

Contortion

Duo Lyra

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

 

Class Descriptions

Acro Dance

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.

Acrobatics

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.

Aerial Dance

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.

Ballet

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.

Contemporary Dance

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.

Dance

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.

Dance 1

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.

Deep Stretch

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

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.

German Wheel

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!

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Rebecca Starr 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 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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