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.
Becca Carson is from Athens, GA. She graduated from Athens Technical College with a Cosmetology Degree in 2011. Becca began as a competitive gymnast when she was a teenager and fell in love with the artistry of it. She was Georgia state champion on floor during her final season in 2011 and has performed in multiple musicals, as a dancer and singer through Cornerstone Productions (‘Christmas at the Five and Dime’, ‘Shenandoah’ and ‘All in a Christmas Night’). She started her aerial and dance career with CC&Co. in the Fall 2014. She loves being able to use her skills from gymnastics in a new and fun way and also doing it a little higher up in the air!
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.
Marcia Fresquez is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with her BA degree in Dance. While earning her degree, she has had the opportunity to dance alongside major dance companies and artists such as David Ingram, Leah Cox, Carolina Ballet, and Parsons Dance. Marcia has had the pleasure of working with Charlotte based performance arts companies including The Wake Project and Taproot Ensemble. In 2014, she began her aerial dance training with Caroline Calouche & Co. She is thrilled to continue to her love and passion for dance and aerial with CC&Co. as a dancer, teacher, and Youth Ensemble Director.
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.
Alison Johnson is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia with a dual degree in Dance (A.B) and Child and Family Development (B.S.). During her college career she choreographed and performed in the Young Choreographers Series and Senior Exit Concert, performed in the Dance Repertory Project and annual Spring Show and worked with guest choreographers such as Bill Hastings (Fosse) and Claire Bataille (Hubbard Street Dance). In her time at UGA she also participated in and performed at the American College Dance Festival Association at FSU and began teaching dance locally in Athens, Ga. In 2011 Alison began dancing professionally with Advocate Arts Contemporary Dance with whom she danced for two seasons, performing around the greater Atlanta area in theatre and community outreach settings. Alison recently relocated to Charlotte where she is dancing with Martha Connerton/ Kinetic Works and 4thrightdance.
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.
Sarah Small began dancing in high school’s musical theatre program at Rockdale County High School. She has performed in the Georgia Thespian Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Teacher’s Convention and Columbus Symphony Orchestra Women’s Choir. Sarah majored in Music Education at Columbus State University as a vocal student. She began as an aerial student with CC&Co. in 2011 and is thrilled to share her love of aerial dance with other students!
Carlos Alexis Cruz an Assistant Professor of Voice & Movement at the UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture, holds an Masters of Fine Arts in Physical Theater from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where he studied a range of movement techniques, including commedia dell’arte, Laban, and Lecoq-based theatre dynamics, as well as the Alexander Technique. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the School of Communication at the University of Puerto Rico and has professional training in circus arts from the San Francisco Circus Center, with specializations in aerial straps, acrobatic vertical rope, and Chinese acrobatics. A 2014 recipient of the prestigious McColl Award from the Arts & Science Council of Mecklenburg County, Cruz will use his McColl Center residency to focus on the completion of a new performance work entitled “Nouveau Sud, Nouveau Cirque,” which translates to “New South, New Circus.” The performance, which will debut in spring 2016, will engage deeper cross-cultural conversations with Charlotte’s Latino, African-American, and Asian-American communities through music, dance, and spoken word.
Ben Kubie began dancing at a public performing arts school is St. Louis, Mo. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and subsequently accepted a full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and the David Howard Dance Center in NYC. Ben danced professionally for over 12 years primarily with North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Hartford Ballet. He retired as a principal dancer in 2004. He is now a professional fundraiser and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Traci and son Joshua.
Elizabeth Roach is a native of North Carolina and an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated with honors with a BFA in contemporary dance. She has received scholarships and participated in a variety of dance summer intensives, such as: The American Dance Festival, Limon Summer Workshop, The London Contemporary Dance School, Ad Deum Dance Summer Intensive, ABT Teacher Workshop, and most recently The Limon Dance Workshop for Teachers in Montreal. She has also choreographed with members of the Bill T. Jones Company in a workshop known as “Thinking, Making, Doing Together” at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Elizabeth has had the pleasure of working with Doug Elkins and Company, The Limon Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Au Deum Dance Company and choreographers of The Place of London, Europe. Since Graduation, Elizabeth has been a full-time dance teacher at various dance studios in the Charlotte area; Elizabeth teaches beginning through advanced classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. She has performed with The KYNETIC Works Dance Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, The Wanda Project, Wingspan Dance Company, and The Dance District Agency.
Anthony Oliva is fascinated, overjoyed, and nourished by the communication of bodies in motion with one another. He has danced and climbed all his life, and began training himself in circus arts in 2006 after studying Theatre and Dance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has since studied and graduated from the New England Center For Circus Arts’ Professional Training Program (Chinese Pole, Hand to Hand, Hoop Diving), where he was then employed as an acrobatics instructor. In 2011, he began working as a dancer for Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Anthony has trained and worked as a performer, instructor, and rigger across the U.S. and internationally, from Anchorage to Miami, Montreal to Macedonia. Anthony is to be apart of Caroline Calouche & Co. and to continue to merge the worlds of Dance, Theatre, and Circus.
DA White fell in love with sounds of life before he lost his hearing at age 1. Thankfully, that one year kept him from losing his speech. Throughout his childhood he worked with several speech therapists to continue developing what abilities he had. In 2007, he underwent cochlear implant surgery and it dramatically changed his life. With a rekindled passion to be in touch with the sounds of life, he began to celebrate his abilities through dance. From the young age of 15, he has danced with many dance troupes, trained under highly skilled mentors, and traveled around the world. D.A.’s story is one of great challenge and triumph, and he has dedicated his life to inspiring people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to fall in love with the sounds of life through dance. As he continues to grow his career in the dance industry, D.A. is now emerging into creative direction and production for videos and stage performances.
Jenny Griffes, Dance director at the YMCA for 20 years, during her tenure grew the program from 30 students to about 300, including outreach classes at CMS schools, a performing company and a competition team. Also has taught at private studios in the Charlotte area, choreographed for high school musical theater productions and City of Charlotte events. She also created and taught a special needs dance program for the Town of Huntersville. Jenny is certified with Dance Master of America and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance.