Alicia Dawn is a professional aerialist and contemporary circus performer based out of Nashville, TN. Growing up with an avid love of books, Alicia later found that the performing art of contemporary circus empowered her with a physical language that brought the intangible aspects of her creative stories to life. Her passion and talent earned her a spot in the New England Center for Circus Arts professional program. Since graduation, she has performed with Girls On Trapeze, Cirque Motion, Live Dancing Girls, Top Hat Sideshow, and more. Her stage presence -- and unique ability to emotionally connect with her audience -- makes her diverse body of work singularly captivating. Alicia has always sought to empower others with the same physicality that brings her such joy; her enthusiasm is evident in her teaching style, as she encourages students to listen to their bodies and find their own creative voice, to explore the wonder of the amazing machinations of their own body's limitless possibilities.
Kaila Dockal 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.
Becca Harwell is from Athens, GA. She graduated from Athens Technical College with a Cosmetology Degree in 2011. Becca began as a competitive gymnast when she was a teenager and fell in love with the artistry of it. She was Georgia state champion on floor during her final season in 2011 and has performed in multiple musicals, as a dancer and singer through Cornerstone Productions (‘Christmas at the Five and Dime’, ‘Shenandoah’ and ‘All in a Christmas Night’). She started her aerial and dance career with CC&Co. in the Fall 2014. She loves being able to use her skills from gymnastics in a new and fun way and also doing it a little higher up in the air.
Alison Johnson 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. Alison has graduated from UNCC with a Masters in Public Health.
Alan Malpass currently lives in Asheville and takes pride in his work as a personal trainer. He is well known in the Zumba and fitness community for his sweet disposition and fun-loving personality. He chose to live in the area to attend Western Carolina University where he graduated with the school's first Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater Performance degree. After graduation, he moved to Asheville to continue his work with Ann Dunn and the Asheville Civic Ballet. Is a co-founder of Asheville Aerial Arts.
Byron McDaniel is originally from Columbia South Carolina where he began training in classical ballet at the age of five. He later was accepted into the Governor’s School of the Arts in Greenville South Carolina under full scholarship. Since then Byron has traveled around the world as a professional dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruise lines. Byron Is now in school full time for physical therapy and is very excited to be working with Caroline Calouche & Co.!
Anthony Oliva is fascinated, overjoyed, and nourished by the communication of bodies in motion with one another. He has danced and climbed all his life, and began training himself in circus arts in 2006 after studying Theatre and Dance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has since studied and graduated from the New England Center For Circus Arts’ Professional Training Program (Chinese Pole, Hand to Hand, Hoop Diving), where he was then employed as an acrobatics instructor. In 2011, he began working as a dancer for Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Anthony has trained and worked as a performer, instructor, and rigger across the U.S. and internationally, from Anchorage to Miami, Montreal to Macedonia. Anthony is to be apart of Caroline Calouche & Co. and to continue to merge the worlds of Dance, Theatre, and Circus.
Krysta Rogden, Apprentice, from Rome, New York, began dancing at age 4 in Wilmington, NC at Just for Kicks Dance. Her early training continued into her high school years at Harmony Dance Center in Charlotte, NC before she began aerial training withe the Youth Ensemble at Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center in 2015. She studied Dance Performance La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA for one year under Maria Caruso where she performed in Bodiography's Contemporary Ballet's first production of Messiah. She now studies Dance Performance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while apprenticing with Caroline Calouche & Co.. With the company, she has performed in multiple showings of Clara's Trip: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story as well as the premier of Crossroads.
Lacey Pye, originally from North Dakota, has spent the past 4 years traveling the world performing and teaching dance. Through working with a non-profit organization Lacey has been able to travel to places like Australia, Greece, Mozambique, India, and many Southeast Asian countries. In those countries she was able to teach dance in orphanages and share the love of dance through culture and language barriers. Lacey started her dance career at the age of 3, dancing at the local dance studio. There she became trained in ballet, point, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, and acrobatics. In university Lacey studied psychology and during that time she got asked to teach at a local dance studio. She choreographed for their competitive teams and also performed with their adult company. In 2017 Lacey found a new love, aerial dance, and was able to train for a year in Australia. Lacey is excited to move back to the states and continue to mix her love of dance and the aerial arts with CC&DC and CC&Co.