Summer Intensive                  

Ages 10 – Pre-Professional

July 27 – 31

August 3 – 17

August 10 – 14

Circus & Dance Summer Extravaganza - cancelled for 2020

Our Summer Intensive is for students with experience in dance, aerials or acrobatics who wish to focus on their technique and performance. 


Training is 5 days each week (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).   Students have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of teachers and guest artists to develop their artistry in dance and circus arts.

New: We are now offering half day sessions for families concerned with long term exposure other students for a long period of time.

Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm

Monday - Friday 2pm - 5pm
See pricing below.

Before entering the studio you will be required

to sign our Safety First Waiver:

To sign up:

  • Go to our Registration site VAMP

  • Sign in or create an account

  • From the Main Menu, under Classes and Registration, choose Register for Summer Intensive

  • Choose your desired weeks and process payment

COVID-19 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 Camp: 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 are limiting our space in our camps significantly.  Once you cancel, someone else might take your child’s space.  

Once you have registered for your preferred Summer Intensive weeks:


To sign up for Summer Intensive classes: (Week 1 and Week 3 Only)

  1. Login to VAMP - CLICK HERE

  2. From the Main Menu under Classes and Registration - Click Register for Summer Intensive Classes Week 1 or 3 based on what weeks you are registered for.  If you registered for multiple weeks, you will need to repeat for each week.

  3. Make sure the name of the participating student appears by NAME

  4. On the Schedule choose one class for each time slot.

  5. There is no additional charge for signing up for these classes, but you will need to click SUBMIT at the bottom to save your choices.

2020 CC&DC Summer Intensive Faculty

Andrea Chastant Burkholder, Guest Faculty Week 1, directed Washington D.C.’s  Arachne Aerial Arts for 11 years, before landing in Milwaukee in 2014.  Latest artistic projects include: 26 months of the pay-what-you-will performance series, Real Time; dinner and aerial performance, Bayou’s State; and 2-month live gallery installation, The Accumulation of Acts.  She has created aerial choreography for dance and theater companies and high schools in Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Maryland and is a fully certified Pilates instructor, WI Master Naturalist volunteer, and aerial dance instructor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Andrea, with collaborative partners, strives to find ways to allow for open access to the arts in Milwaukee.

Susan Murphy, Guest Faculty Week 1,  holds a Master's degree in modern dance from Mills College in Oakland, CA and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies in New York City.  She taught modern dance and aerial dance at the U. of GA from 1999-2002.  She has performed at Lincoln Center and the Skirball Center of the Performing Arts in New York City, Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado and the New England Center of Circus Arts. In 2002, Susan and her husband Don Carson, envisioned and built Canopy Studio, a community aerial arts center in Athens, GA.   Susan served as Executive Director of Canopy until she moved to the Georgia coast in 2009, where she and Don built The Marsh Studio, a state-of-the-art aerial dance center where she is now holding weekend aerial retreats and performances. 

Alicia Dawn, Guest Faculty Week 3, is a professional aerialist and contemporary circus performer based out of Nashville, TN. Growing up with an avid love of books, Alicia later found that the performing art of contemporary circus empowered her with a physical language that brought the intangible aspects of her creative stories to life. Her passion and talent earned her a spot in the New England Center for Circus Arts professional program.  Since graduation, she has performed with Girls On Trapeze, Cirque Motion, Live Dancing Girls, Top Hat Sideshow, and more.  Her stage presence -- and unique ability to emotionally connect with her audience -- makes her diverse body of work singularly captivating. Alicia has always sought to empower others with the same physicality that brings her such joy; her enthusiasm is evident in her teaching style, as she encourages students to listen to their bodies and find their own creative voice, to explore the wonder of the amazing machinations of their own body's limitless possibilities.

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. ​

Sarah Small began as an aerial student with Caroline Calouche & Co. in 2011.   She has trained dance and circus arts with Jen McQueen, Ukoiya Mastin, April Skelton, Susan Murphy, Tanya Burka, Maria Caruso and Pauline Legras.  She is currently a dance major at Central Piedmont Community College under the instruction of Clay Daniel and Tracie Chan. Sarah has been performing in musical theater since the 5th grade, and also has spent much of her formative years as an oboist, pianist, vocalist, and percussionist. 

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

Phone: 704.844.0449