Join CC&Co.’s Youth Ensemble for the upcoming performance, NextStep!
Join CC&Co. for a night of Dance & Aerial Arts! CC&Co.’s Youth Ensemble will perform various dance and aerial works, in addition to Choreography Students and Guest Artist, Ariel Schmidtke, who will be performing her work A Length of Rope.
2016 – 2017 Youth Ensemble
Kelsey Aylward,15, is a sophomore 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. She is excited to be starting her fourth season with the youth ensemble.
Cadence Binkley, 12 years old, attends Crestdale Middle School in Matthews. She has been dancing since she was 3, with Barfield Dance Company then with Legacy Dance Co. in Nashville TN where her highlight was performing at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. She also Plays the French Horn and is in Drama Club. She started with CC&Co. a year ago taking Aerial Dance. This is her first year In Youth Ensemble.
Zoe Flowers, 12, is a 7th Grader at Sedgefield Montessori Middle School. 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. She began her training in aerial arts 6 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 5th Season with the Youth Ensemble.
Amy Gardiner-Parks, 18, is a senior visual art major at Northwest School of the Arts. She started taking aerial dance classes with Caroline in 2009 and has loved it ever since. Before starting aerial, Amy competed on a gymnastics team and dabbled a bit in ballet. This is her fifth and last season in the youth ensemble, and she is looking forward to making the most of it.
Athena He-DeMontaron, 15, is a sophomore 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 first season with CC & Co.’s Youth Ensemble and she is so excited to be taking her dance to a higher level!
Krysta Rogden, 17, is a sophomore at Central Piedmont Community College. She’s been training in ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz dance since she was 3 years old with various studios. Before starting aerial this year with Caroline Calouche, Krysta trained extensively in ballet and modern at La Roche College. This is her first season with the youth ensemble and she is very excited to be a part of it.
Youth Ensemble Director
Marcia Fresquez (2nd 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.