Madison Abbott,15, is a freshman at South Meck High School. She has been dancing with CC&CO since she was 8-year-olds. She started her aerial training first and began taking dance classes a few years later. This is Madison’s second year in youth ensemble and is very excited to see how this year goes.
Kelsey Aylward,17 years old, is a senior at Butler High School as well as a student at Central Piedmont Community College. 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 during a summer camp when she was 11. Kelsey is very excited to be starting her sixth season with the Youth Ensemble.
Idaniz Barnhouse Colon, 14, attends the Fletcher School. She has taken jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet since the age of 3 at the Miller School. Idaniz started her aerial journey with Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center last year taking Trapeze, Silks, and Lyra. She is excited to start her 1st season in the Youth Ensemble.
Cadence Binkley, 14, is a freshman at Butler High School. 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 4th year dancing in the aerial arts with Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center and her 3rd season in the Youth Ensemble.
Francesca Bonfiglio, 13, attends Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School. Francesca has been training in dance and aerial with Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center for 2 1/2 years now. This is Francesca’s 1st season in Youth Ensemble.
Allison DeFelice,16, is a junior 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 second season with Youth Ensemble.
Zoe Flowers, 14, attends 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 8 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 7th Season with the Youth Ensemble
Athena He-DeMontaron,17, is a senior 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 third and final season with CC&Co.’s Youth Ensemble before heading off to college. She is so excited to continue taking her dance to a higher level!
Olivia Hoff, 14, is a freshman at Myers Park High School. She began acting and dancing at the age of 7. She found her love for aerial dance in 2016 at CDCC. Olivia is excited to start her second season with the Youth Ensemble.
Yazmon Horton, 14, attends Northwest School of the Arts. She has previously danced with M.A.D.E. For 10 years she has been training in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and musical theater. She started her journey with Caroline Calouche & Co. during the 2017 summer camps. Yazmon is excited to begin her 1st year in the Youth Ensemble.
Emily Neely, 13, is a homeschooled 8th 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 second year in the Youth Ensemble.
Youth Ensemble Director
Kaila Dockal (1st Season YE Director) is a 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 8 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 2015 summer intensive program taught by Caroline Calouche. Kaila now has the pleasure of continuing her love for dance and aerial with CC&Co. as a dancer, teacher, and Youth Ensemble Director.