Summer Intensive                  

Ages 9 – Pre-Professional

July 27 – 31: ages 13+

August 3 – 17: ages 9+

August 10 – 14: ages 9+​

Circus & Dance Summer Extravaganza
Friday, August 14 @ 6pm

Our Summer Intensive is for students with experience in dance, aerials or acrobatics who wish to focus on their technique and performance.   The Summer Intensive ends with a professional performance in full costume and lighting.  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.

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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. andreaburkholder.com

Megan Gendall, Guest Faculty Week 1, currently coaches at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.  She has performed circus and dance professionally in NYC and around the world since 2007, working with ensemble companies and performing solo hand balancing and duo trapeze nationally and internationally. She is a 2012 graduate of NECCA’s Professional-Track Training Program, and she has taught handbalancing, trapeze, acrobatics, act creation, and more to youth and adults since 2008.

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.

Kaila Dockal is a recent 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 19 years studying the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern and lyrical. She has also been teaching dance for the past 7 years, teaching ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop at Fascinating Rhythm Studio in York, SC. During her college career she was given many great opportunities to further develop her dance education, such as dancing under Maria Caruso and representing Winthrop University’s Dance Department with her choreography at the 2016 American College Dance Association’s Southeastern conference. Kaila became interested in aerial arts while participating in the summer intensive program taught by Caroline Calouche. Kaila now has the pleasure of beginning her professional dance and aerial career with Caroline Calouche and Co. and is excited for what is to come.

Javier Gonzalez began his career in dance in 2008 studying hip-hop and various Latin Style Dances.  In 2009 He became a company member of Ballet Folclórico de las Americas and LeColours Latino Dance.  He was the principal dancer for the modern department at CPCC Dance Theater from 2010 to 2015.  He has also danced with ECHO Contemporary Dance Company and the Moving Poets of Charlotte as well as a guest dancer for Carnaval Carolina, Charlotte’s largest Latin festival.  He has been a backup dancer for Latin artist including Las Fenix, Jorge Celedon and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.   On the side Javier enjoys teaching dance to Latin girls preparing them for their quinceañeras celebrations.

Phillip McRorie is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a BA in Dance Studies and BS in Recreation Management. He completed his dance training in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, and jazz under the faculty at Appalachian State University and Western Carolina Youth Ballet in Boone, NC. While in school, Phillip was able to work with organizations including the Appalachian Dance Ensemble, Momentum Dance Club, SG Dance Theatre, and Verge Dance Collective. After graduating, Phillip has performed, choreographed, and taught with various companies in NC including the Asheville Ballet, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, and more. He is excited to continue teaching, performing, and choreographing in and around the Charlotte area!

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
Email: info@cltcirquedancecenter.org

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