Summer Intensive                  

Ages 12 – Pre-Professional

Week 1 - July 8 - July 12

9am - 1pm: Contemporary Dance and Repertory with Gabriel Mata

1pm - 2pm: Lunch Break

2pm - 3:30pm: Aerial Dance with Caroline Calouche
3:45pm - 5pm: Partner Acrobatics w/ Javier Gonzalez

 

Week 2 - July 15 - July 19

9am - 1pm: Ballet and Repertory w/ Skyla Caldwell

1pm - 2pm: Lunch Break

2pm - 3:30pm: Aerial Dance with Caroline Calouche

3:45pm - 5pm: Aerial Repertory w/ Caroline Calouche

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 performance in costume and lighting at our Studio Theater.  Training will be 5 days per week and students get the opportunity to work with a diverse group of teachers and guest artists to develop their craft.

CC&DC Summer Intensive Faculty

Gabriel Mata (Guest Faculty) is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, and performer. He graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The StarTribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo based performance project. His most recent 50 minute solo DREAMING was awarded the "2018 MN Fringe Festival Audience Pick". In 2017, he was awarded "The Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe Award" for his 50 minute solo Out of the Shadows. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, New York, North Carolina, and DC. His work has been commissioned and performed by sjDANCEco, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, the Luna Dance Institute, Joy of Motion, Dance Place, and the Charlotte Dance Festival. He has performed for companies such as sjDANCEco, Post:Ballet, REACH BC Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, and Mark Foehringer Dance Projects SF. He trained in Limón technique and applies its theory  in his teaching with contemporary influences. He has taught at Santa Ana High School, Zenon Dance School, Dance Institute of Washington, and Dance Exchange. He has also been awarded the Sadie Rose Artist Residency Award, the Mina Garman Award for Excellence in Choreography, the Carol Ann Haws Award for Excellence in Performance, and 2018’s “Best Arrival for DC Dance” editors pick for Washington City Paper.

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.

Jill Scheidt began her aerial career in 2005 performing swinging trapeze, static trapeze, spanish web, and chairs with the Triton Trouper Circus in Chicago, IL.  She is a founding member and past President of Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio in Knoxville, TN, which consists of an education mission and a performance troupe.  As part of Dragonfly Jill provided tailored instruction in fabric and trapeze for children, teens and adults to help meet each student’s expression, technique, and fitness goals. She has choreographed and performed trapeze, rope, aerial cube, and multiple apparatus ensemble pieces for civic events, corporate functions, fundraising galas, and Dragonfly’s Annual Circus Extravaganza.  Jill continues to refine her performance and teaching skills studying with other aerial artists including Elsie Smith, Rebekah Leach, Molly Graves, Caroline Wright, Rain Anya, and Janie Bernasconi and has earned her Teaching Certification in Fabrics from Nimble Arts. Jill holds degrees from Texas A&M and the University of California, Berkeley plus a culinary degree in pastry arts. She is excited to share her love for aerial arts with her new home town.

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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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