August 10 – 12

Carolina Aerial and Dance Exchange is a one of a kind conference that brings together dance, aerial and circus arts. The goal is to create an open learning and sharing atmosphere through classes and seminars to excite and inspire people to try new ways of moving, learning and connecting.



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Classes held at the Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center – 9315-E Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270
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Special Offer Add-Ons:
CADE shirts: $15
CADE Showcase: $20 Adult & $15 Students/Seniors
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2018 CADE Showcase

Sunday, August 12 @ 3pm

Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center
Tickets: $20 Adult | $15 Students/Seniors

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Join us for an afternoon of inspiring dance and cirque performances at Charlotte’s newest theater venue.  See works by the following artists:

Caroline Calouche & Co.
Kerry Donny-Clark

Amy Ell
Jen MacQueen
April Skelton
Rachel Strickland


Caroline Calouche (CC&Co. Faculty) 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!




Jeff Cravotta photography

Skyla Caldwell, (CC&Co. Faculty) 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.






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.

Dr. Kerry Donny-Clark is owner, ringmaster, and chief instructor at Triangle Circus Arts in Durham NC. He has been teaching circus arts for 15 years, specializing In partner acrobatics and partner trapeze. He has taken numerous training and teaching courses, starting with intensive training under world famous clown Hovey Burgess at NYU. He has since taken the Nimble Arts Fabric and Trapeze Teacher Training, 10 weeks full time at Pitch Catch Circus with Niko Douwes, and intensives at Circus Warehouse and the Muse in NYC. He lives in Chapel Hill with his lovely wife and five children and counting.



Amy Ell holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Texas Woman’s University where she specialized is cardiac rehabilitation and corporate fitness. Amy is considered a Pilates® Master Teacher having been studying and teaching the work for the last 20 years. Initially, she acquired her training via mentorship (the way it was done in the ‘old’ days) and then proceeded to participate in formal teacher trainings with both the Physical Mind Institute and Elizabeth Jones-Boswell. Since those early days, Amy has gone on to study the finer details of the the Pilates work with Master Teachers including Kathy Corey, Ron Fletcher, Colleen Glenn, Alan Herdman, Barbara Huttner, Rael Isacowitz, Michael King, and Karen Klippenger.  Another stepping stone in Amy’s fitness/dance career is her love of flying…the complete strength, flexibility, and agility training acquired through an aerial arts practice. Though she has dabbled in the aerial world since 1989, it wasn’t until early 2007 that Amy fervently focused on aerial arts. To date she has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe collecting and digesting information.  In September of 2009 Amy debuted her dance company, VauLt, at Miller Outdoor Theater to rave reviews.





Javier Gonzalez (CC&Co. Faculty) 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.






Jen MacQueen Pre- Broadway: Laura (title role) and Frankenstein – The Musical. Off-Broadway: Be, New Faces, Fear Of, Vaudeville 2000, That Other Woman’s Child and The Elegance and Comedy of Tap at New York’s Town Hall Theatre. Off-Off Broadway: A Birthday Surprise, Sky Over Ninevah, Paradise Lost, Take A Chance and Steps Beyond. National Tours: Promises Promises. Recent Regional Theatre: Cats, Barnum, Chicago, Phantom, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, Dante’s Inferno, Sophisticated Ladies, and more. Jen has won a total of 11 Spotlight Awards for her work as both a choreographer and performer in New York, and has received a Suzi Bass Award, two Woodie Awards, and several Broadway World and Atlanta Theatre Fan awards here in the Atlanta.  She is currently a professor of dance at Kennesaw State University, and also teaches the art of Cyr Wheel through Akrosphere Aerial & Circus Arts in Alpharetta, GA.




Byron McDaniel is professional ballet and jazz dancer as well as instructor.  For 10 years, he has trained dancers of all levels in ballet, jazz, lyrical and more.  His dance training began at a very early age and over the years he studied under notable dancers and instructors as Patricia Barker, Sandra Neels, Miriam Barbosa, Robert Lingram and more. Byron is a member of DMA.  Overall Byron believes that dance is for everyone and should be accessible to all.




April Skelton is an aerialist, educator, and dance trapeze evangelist based in Asheville, NC. Born and raised in the land where Appalachia melts into the Deep South, April has been working in aerial arts since 2005, after beginning her own training at Canopy Studio in Athens, Ga., under the direction of Susan Murphy. Her training and experience as a movement educator includes her background as a physical therapist assistant, serving as a longtime instructor at Canopy, a teacher trainer for Born to Fly, and being education director at one of the nation’s foremost aerial dance schools, Frequent Flyers, in Boulder, Colorado.  She has performed and staged work across the country with the international Aerial Dance Festival, for which she is also a recurring faculty artist, for Apogee Aerial Dance Festival in Seattle, and for companies and clients including Flight Collaborative (NYC and Boulder), Aerial Estuary (Charleston, SC), Asheville Aerial Arts, The Georgia Aquarium, and Harrah’s Casino. Among others, she has studied under Aimee Hancock and Elsie Smith of NECCA, Rain Anya of Paper Doll Militia, and her mentor, Susan Murphy.  April has choreographed and performed works on aerial silks, bungee harness, invented apparatus, static trapeze, pole, and lyra, but her favorite work is on the dance (aka single-point or low-flying) trapeze. Out of the community of artists at Canopy Studio, April adopted and helped develop the particular dialect of dance trapeze she speaks most fluently: a merging of vertical skills borrowed from aerial fabric and sling with the dynamic precision of static trapeze. She is currently a faculty member at Empyrean Arts in Asheville.

Jill Scheidt
(CC&Co Faculty) 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 (CC&Co Faculty) 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!






Rachel Strickland is a lifelong dancer turned aerialist, choreographer, and variety performer whose backdoor circus education dates back to 2007.  A diehard freelancer, she works with a myriad of circus and performance companies across the United States and internationally in Ireland, Australia, and Canada.  She seems to be known for spinning fast and doing weird things like dipping herself in water on stage. Currently she is based out of San Francisco and runs a creative mentorship course for aerialists called The Audacity Project.  Given to excess and quixotic tendencies, Rachel specializes in aerial hoop choreography and the practice of telling stories.