2017 – 2018 Youth Ensemble
Madison Abbott, 13, is in 8th grade at Waddell Language Academy. She started dancing at CC&Co. when she was 8 years old. She started with aerial arts, and began taking dance classes a few years later. This is Madison’s first season in Youth Ensemble and is very excited to see what this year has to offer!
Kelsey Aylward,16 years old, is a junior at Butler High School. She has been studying dance since she was 3 years old. She is trained in jazz, ballet, tap, and contemporary. Kelsey discovered her love of aerial dance here with CC&Co. Kelsey is very excited to be starting her fifth season with the Youth Ensemble.
Cadence Binkley, 13, attends Crestdale Middle School in the 8th grade. She has been dancing since she was 3, with Barfield Dance Company then with Legacy Dance Co. in Nashville TN. She also plays the French Horn in her school band. This is her 3rd year dancing in the aerial arts with Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center and her second season in the Youth Ensemble.
Maddie Drulard, 12, attends Crestdale Middle School in 7th grade. She danced at Fancy Feet Dance Studio when she was 3 years old studying ballet, tap, and jazz. Maddie took gymnastics for 2 years, one of them which she performed competitively. She started at CC&Co. in 3rd grade, and is excited to start her 4th year. Maddie loves to perform and has begun taking drama to grow as an artist. She hopes to use her love of learning and performing during her first season with Youth Ensemble.
Zoe Flowers, 13, is an 8th grader at J.T Williams Montessori . She has been dancing and performing since she could stand on her own and follow her three older sisters, who also dance. She continues to enjoy and study ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Zoe began her training in aerial arts 7 years ago in a CC&Co. summer camp as, her Mom hoped, an outlet for Zoe’s early desire to climb everything. It has been a great outlet. She loves performing and being up high, and still likes to climb everything–door frames, trees, walls, random light poles….This is Zoe’s 6th Season with the Youth Ensemble.
Allison DeFelice, 15, is a sophomore at Marvin Ridge High School. She did gymnastics for 5 years at Aim High Academy in Rhode Island. It was 4 years after moving to North Carolina when she found Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center. She began taking aerial silks and trapeze classes in Spring of 2016, and immediately loved it. Allison is excited to continue learning new aerial and dance styles in her first season with Youth Ensemble.
Athena He-DeMontaron, 16, is a junior at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences. She has been dancing since 2005, beginning with Chinese Traditional dance and Ballet. Athena also ice-skated competitively for 5 years. She started training in aerial arts and dance with CC&Co. in the summer of 2012. This is Athena’s second season with CC&Co.’s Youth Ensemble, and she is so excited to be taking her dance to a higher level!
Olivia Hoff, 13, is an eighth grader at Carmel Middle School. She began performing acting and dance when she was 7 years old. She found her love for aerial dance in 2016 at CC&Co., and is excited to start her first season as a Youth Ensemble member.
Emily Neely, 12, is a homeschooled 7th grader. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz and hip hop. In 2008, she started dancing at Elements In Dance until 2016. She found her love for aerial in 2014 at a CC&Co. summer camp, and began taking classes in September 2016. Emily is very excited to begin her first year in Youth Ensemble.
Youth Ensemble Director
Marcia Fresquez (3rd season YE Director) 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.