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!
E.E. Balcos, originally from Minneapolis, is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte and has been a professional dancer and choreographer for over 30 years. At the age of 18, he began studying dance with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. His research and teaching interests include somatic movement education and experiential anatomy, choreography, dance technique and performance, improvisation and contact improvisation. For the stage, he has choreographed over 50 professional works and 30 works for dance students. From 2006 – 2013, his dance company, E.E.MOTION, was featured with North Carolina Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, ADF’s Acts to Follow Series, Piccolo Spoleto’s Dance at Noon Series in Charleston, SC, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. His choreographic works have been presented in such well-known venues as Walker Art Center and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, Joyce/Soho and St. Mark’s Church in New York City, Folly Theatre in Kansas City, Lawrence Art Center, and at numerous dance festivals, and universities nationally.
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.
Byron McDaniel is originally from Columbia South Carolina where he began training in classical ballet at the age of five. He later was accepted into the Governor’s School of the Arts in Greenville South Carolina under full scholarship. Since then Byron has traveled around the world as a professional dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruise lines. Byron Is now in school full time for physical therapy and is very excited to be working with Caroline Calouche & Co.!
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!
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.