Caroline Calouche has created contemporary and aerial dance work for numerous programs including Dance Department in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Winthrop University, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD)and Contemporary Ballet Dallas. She has received several grant awards to further her artistic vision with her company, Caroline Calouche & Co. She believes in continuous learning and experiencing the world will help not only develop you as an artist but as a person too. Her dancing roots began in the little town of Gastonia, North Carolina and branched out to Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University where she had the pleasure of working with Li-Chou Cheng, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Susan Douglas Roberts, Kerry Kreiman and Fernando Bujones. From there she studied in Europe at SEAD in their post-graduate choreography program receiving training from Susan Quinn, Joao da Silva, Andrew Harwood, Libby Farr, Keren Levi and Ori Flomin. In 2007, Caroline began her aerial dance training and has worked with Susan Murphy, Elsie and Serenity Smith, Kevin O’Connor and Amy Ell. Caroline is also certified in the BASI Pilates Method, Gyrokinesis and Nimble Arts Silks Foundation Level 1. She is the founder and director of the Charlotte Dance Festival. (www.charlottedancefestival.org). www.carolinecalouche.com
Kaila Dockal (2nd Season) 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.
Javier Gonzalez (3rd Season) 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 (5th Season) is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a dual degree in Dance (A.B) and Child and Family Development (B.S.). She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from UNCC. Alison performed and taught dance with Advocate Arts Contemporary Dance. Since relocating to Charlotte, Alison has danced with Martha Connerton, 4thright dance, has participated in the Charlotte New Music Festival and is currently the Studio Manager and a teacher at CC&Co. Alison has choreographed for the CC&Co. Youth Ensemble that premiered at the Charlotte Dance Festival’s CEDA show in March 2016. In the Fall, she will resume studies at UNCC working towards a Masters in Public Health with the goal of integrating dance and aerial arts into public health focused community outreach. She is also currently completing her Nimble Arts Teacher Training Course in Trapeze Foundation Level.
Marcia Fresquez (4th Season) 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.
Sarah Small (5th Season) began as an aerial student with Caroline Calouche & Co. in 2011 and joined the company in 2013. She has trained with Susan Murphy, Tanya Burka, Maria Caruso and Pauline Legras. Sarah is working on her Nimble Arts Lyra Foundation Teacher Training Course.
Sarah Ritchy (3rd Season) graduated from East Carolina University with a Multi-Disciplinary degree in dance, theatre, and choreographic studies. While growing up, Sarah trained as a Level 10 and Jr. Elite competitive gymnast. She has trained in modern, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre techniques with Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, and Galina Panova. She has worked with members from Koresh Dance Company, Lauren Edson, Joe Joe Grooves, and many other artists. Sarah has choreographed for numerous choreography projects and shows, as well as full-length musicals. Her love of dance and gymnastics created a passion for aerial arts. She has trained in aerial arts with Caroline Calouche & Co performing in festivals and full length shows. She can’t wait for this fantastic new season with CC&Co!