CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center has been a beehive of activity this summer, hosting classes and camps. But then again, the center is always pretty busy.
The center specializes in aerial silks, contemporary dance, lyra, trapeze, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, Spanish web, hand balancing and ballet, to name a few.
It offers classes for youth and adults. Classes range from a more structured schedule to an unlimited option, which is like belonging to a gym where people can take unlimited classes. The center also hosts week-long summer camps.
But as the school summer break wound down in late July, the Summer Intensive class had Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center director Caroline Calouche’s full attention. Students were on the go, working on trapezes and performing dance routines.
“Summer Intensive is geared towards youth, teens, those 12-and-up, but we have some college kids, as well,” Calouche said. “They are interested in doing dance and circus arts as a profession. We give them extra push. There are a lot of dances ranging from musical theater, to silks, to trapeze, to ballet, both classical ballet and contemporary.”
There are also classes and camps for students who want to learn routines while having fun.
“We have a range for all expertise levels and desires,” Calouche said. “We range from novice to professionals.”
The center’s teaching philosophy values creativity, support, understanding and community. The staff teaches skills and technique and the faculty also focuses on helping students see dance as a form of expression and an art form. This involves having a student problem-solve how to use their body, mind and soul to convey meaning.
Teachers have college degrees in dance or certificates in aerial arts or fitness techniques like Pilates. Calouche chooses faculty members who will support the growth of students through positive teaching methods and focused on the art of dance.
“We have a very diverse staff,” Calouche said.
Want to go?
Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center will have a fall open house Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center, located at 9215 Monroe Road, hosts birthday parties and bachelorette parties.