August 11 – 13

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.

CADE Class Descriptions & Schedules

CADE Class Descriptions

Friday Schedule Saturday Schedule Sunday Schedule

Aug. 13 @ 5pm – 7pm: Private Lessons Available      Private Lesson Request Form

Ages 16 – Adult

$25 Registration Fee

15 CADE Class Card – $400

10 CADE Class Card – $275

5 CADE Class Card – $160

1 CADE Class Card – $40

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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 if purchased upon registration
CADE Showcase: $15 Adult & $10 Students
Can be purchased online. Once you create a profile and register (via button below), select “Search Online Store”.

CADE Showcase

Sunday, August 13 @ 3pm

Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center
Tickets: $15 Adult & $10 Students

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.
Carlos Alexis Cruz
Amy Ell
Megan Gendell
David Poznanter
Jen MacQueen

McKinley Vitale


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!


E.E. Balcos originally from Minneapolis, has been a professional dancer and choreographer for nearly 30 years. At the age of 19, he began studying with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He has also been a practicing contact improviser since 1982. As a performer he toured nationally and internationally with Shapiro & Smith Dance (NYC), Demetrius Klein Dance Company (FL), Zenon Dance Company, (MPLS) and worked with renowned choreographers including Danny Buraczeski, Ping Chong, Sam Costa, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Dwight Rhoden, David Rousseve, Stephanie Skura, and Bill Young. He performed and presented work throughout the U.S. and in Italy, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines.



Scott Belford (CC&Co Staff) most recently served as Director of Marketing for the Charlotte Symphony for 16 years (200-2016), overseeing the marketing and ticket office staff as well as direct sales, public relations and graphic design. Prior to that Scott held positions as Director of Communication for the Arts & Science Council and Director of Marketing for the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a 1000-room, Five-Star resort located in Boca Raton, Florida. He is currently doing consulting work in the Charlotte area, and is pleased to be working currently with Caroline Calouche & Company.  Scott is passionate about the great outdoors and all genres of music.




Katrina Blose began dancing at a young age in Northern Illinois, studying at Rockford Dance Company (Vaganova Technique), Metropolitan Ballet (Cecchetti Method), Northern Illinois University (French and American Classical Techniques), and Forest Hills (Competitive Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary). She relocated to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.Katrina moved to New York to dance with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. There she began her freelance dance career that led her to Europe. Following her return to the United States, Katrina worked as a guest artist up and down the East Coast, soon finding a home at Columbia City Ballet.  Though happily dancing, coaching, and teaching professionally, Katrina’s quest for knowledge about other dance techniques took over. Finding that pursuit at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she graduated with her B.F.A. for Dance in December 2011.


Tricia Camacho is the owner and head draper for The Patterned Seamstress, a costume build shop.  Previously located in Las Vegas, Nevada, she now services clients from Nevada/California and the East Coast out of North Carolina.   Tricia has built her business over the last six years with fifteen years professional wardrobe and costume experience.  She spent eleven years in Las Vegas working on large productions such as “Jersey Boys”, “The Lion King” and “LeReve”.   Proceeding Las Vegas, she spent two years on the national tour of “The Full Monty”.  She specializes in pattern making and difficult builds for acrobatic performers.  Some of her clients include “Blue Man Group”, Spiegelworld, Wynn Las Vegas, and Cirque du Soleil.  She holds herself to a very high standard in all that she does, which has helped build her reputation and continued success in the entertainment business.



Becca Carson (CC&Co Faculty) 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!



Amy Chirico is founder and head instructor of AerialCLT in Charlotte, North Carolina. She began teaching and performing aerial arts in 2010. Prior to entering the aerial world, Amy received her BA in Music Education and taught music for 5 years. Teaching has always been a passion for Amy in any capacity – a teacher by trade, no matter the medium. Amy’s aerial and fitness education training includes a 200 RYT with Grace Morales and intensive studying and workshops with Rebekah Leach, Cheetah Platt, Rachel Strickland, Jamie Hodgson, and Caroline Wright. Amy believes in encouraging students to think and act independently rather than relying upon a teacher or instructor for every
next move. Her specialty in teaching is creating a student who is self motivated and self disciplined to learn, discover, and grow.



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.


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.


Marcia Fresquez  (CC&Co Faculty) 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.




Helen Gardiner Parks is certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She has a master’s degree in elementary education from Sarah Lawrence College and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College. Helen is a writer, an avid exerciser (pickleball anyone?!), and a dabbler in yoga and meditation. She has played the violin since she was 8 and has passable skills in spoken Spanish.  Helen has been focused on nutrition ever since she became a vegetarian in college. Fast forward a couple of decades until, shortly after the age of 40, Helen developed arthritis and intense gastro-intestinal issues. She had to stop hiking–and going out in public was dicey. In order to feel better, Helen explored multiple avenues until she found The Weston A. Price Foundation with its focus on traditional eating. She is now fully committed to a whole foods, sustainably-raised diet, hikes to her heart’s content, and goes out in public with impunity. Life is good. Her family may roll their collective eyeball when she encourages them to eat homemade kombucha or kimchi, but they can’t argue with their mom’s energy level! Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. (Hippocrates)  Helen offers health and wellness coaching, “real food” education/detox classes, and community presentations on a variety of topics.  Reach her through her website at By phone: 980.349.8690, or on Facebook at Helen Gardiner-Parks NTP.


Megan Gendell has performed circus professionally since 2007, starting out with the Brooklyn ensemble LAVA and currently performing solo handbalancing and duo trapeze nationally and internationally, including at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival and the Golden Karl international circus festival in Riga, Latvia in 2015. She is a 2012 graduate of NECCA’s Professional-Track Training Program, and in 2014 she co-created an evening-length ensemble circus-theater show, Tinder & Ash, in Montreal through a TOHU residency.  Megan has taught handbalancing, trapeze, acrobatics, act creation, and more to youth and adults since 2008, at LAVA and the Espana-Streb Trapeze Academy in Brooklyn, at NECCA in Vermont (where she coached the Intensive professional training program), and currently at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. She has given workshops and master classes at festivals and circus schools across the country.



Alissa Getz Waller  received her early dance training from world-renowned Cecchetti master teacher, Rose Marie Floyd in Royal Oak, MI. As a young classical dancer, she received several scholarships and awards and was chosen out of a nation-wide search to model for the 1990 Dance Magazine poster ‘Arabesques and Attitudes’.  Known as a dancer with strong technique, clean ‘line’, and a good eye for detail – Alissa naturally gravitated to teaching dance as a means of supplementing her training and studies. Besides her Cecchetti roots, Alissa furthered her training with the Cleveland Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, New School of the Arts in Amsterdam, Cecchetti Summer School in England and the Joffrey School of New York. In 1997, she received her BFA in Dance/Ballet Concentration from the University of Arizona. Alissa has danced with the Detroit Contemporary Civic Ballet Co., Chicago Ballet, and Elements Contemporary Ballet. A certified ballet teacher, Alissa is a Fellow Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and currently serves on the south-east board of the CCA. In 2015, Alissa passed her Advanced Professional Teachers exam in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet with honors. Alissa is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


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 (CC&Co Faculty) 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 4th rightdance.


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.


David Poznanter From studying Kung Fu at a Shaolin monestary in the mountians of China to teaching mask-making in France and Brazil, David’s career has led him to coach, perform, and direct in more than a dozen countries.  With a voracious appetite for learning new skills, David has worked with movement experts around the world for nearly twenty years, exploring Capoeira, contemporary dance, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, martial arts, physical theatre, rock climbing, handbalancing, and Wutao. He was also a pioneer in the sport of mountain unicycling.  In recent years David worked as Regional Managing Director of Havik Circus in the Dominican Republic, performed acrobatics in an 80-city N. American tour with Cirque Dreams, and then spent two years in India as circus coach and personal trainer to Bollywood moviestar Aamir Khan. He has been touring the world for the past two years with his two-man mask / circus / live music show, “BOOM!”


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!





DA White (CC&Co Faculty) 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.


McKinley Vitale is an artist, performer, and aerial teacher based out of Atlanta. Her life’s passion is to create a safe environment for the education and creation of unique aerial art. When performing, She likes to explore themes involving tension, struggle, and fear, while using expressive, articulated movements.
McKinley has performed in local and national shows including LoopsEnd, by Paper Doll Militia; Barnum, presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre; and Exposed, which she co-direct and co-produced. She also directs the Teen Aerial Dance Company at The Space – an audition based group for teen aerialists, presenting 2 shows a year.