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Caroline Calouche is an aerial and dance performer, choreographer and teacher based in Charlotte, NC.  She began her training in ballet, jazz, modern dance and tap under Pat Wall at Gaston Dance Theatre in Gastonia, North Carolina. She furthered her dance education at Texas Christian University where she graduated with two B.F.A. degrees in Ballet and Modern Dance.  After graduation, Caroline danced with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth.  From 2003-2006, she lived in Rome, Brussels and Salzburg dancing and studying with contemporary choreographers.  In 2006, she completed the ICE program (International Choreographic Exchange) at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria.


Her travels brought her back home to the Charlotte area where she found it was time to begin her dance company, Caroline Calouche & Co., and the Charlotte Dance Festival.


In 2007 Caroline began her aerial dance training with anyone who passed through the area.  She enjoys all kinds of apparatus from silks, to rope & harness, bungee, cube and apparatus she invents.


Caroline is known for her fluidity of movement and ability to seamlessly dance from the ground to the air and back.


For me, the air has added another level of expression to my dancing.

What I Offer



  1. -Solo Aerial Performances on Silk, Trapeze, Lyra/Aerial Hoop, Corde Lisse/Rope and Sling

  2. -Solo Contemporary Performances in Contemporary Dance and Musical Theater style Jazz

  3. -Duets in Contemporary Dance and Aerial Silks, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra and Spanish web

  4. -Collaborations with orchestras and musicals to add aerial and/or dance to their productions



  1. - Dance Workshops in Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Partner Acro, Pilates and Gyrokinesis®

  2. -Aerial Dance Workshops in Silks, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, Partnering, Corde Lisse/Rope, Spanish web, Bungee, Rope & Harness



  1. -Create new works for ensembles, duets, solos

  2. -Coach current works-in-progress



- Aid in how to begin a non-profit arts organization.

  1. -Can help organizations work through various sticky situations like dancer management, board management, marketing and image creation


Some of my influential teachers are below:


Jennifer Archibald, Archibald Dance 

Trisha Bauman, SEAD Body Mind Centering (BMC)

Fernando Bujones, TCU

Brenda Daniels, NC School of the Arts

Ed Campbell, Gaston Dance Theatre

Mary Cochran, TCU Guest Choreographer from Paul Taylor

Leah Cox, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Elizabeth Gillaspy, TCU

Andrew Harwood, Contact Improvisation

Melissa Hayden, NC School of the Arts

Susan Douglas Roberts, TCU

Joao da Silva, SEAD Contemporary

Patricia Wall, Gaston Dance Theatre 

Rebekah Wright, NC School of the Arts

David Zambrano, SEAD Flying Low Technique


Aerial and Circus Arts

Tanya Burka, Lyra and Silks

Allie Cooper, Corde Lisse

Carlos Alexis Cruz, Partner Acro

Serenity Smith Forchion, NECCA, all apparatus

Juliana Hane, Silks (the gal who got me flying!)

Jamie Hodgson, Silks, Lyra, Trapeze and Aerial Partnering

Nicole Mermans, Trapeze and Silks

Susan Murphy, Dance Trapeze and Choreography

Kevin O’Connor, Corde Lisse

Cheetah Platt, Silks and Aerial Partnering

Elsie Smith, New England Center for Circus Arts, all apparatus

Nancy Smith, Frequent Flyers, Invented Apparatus

Christine van Loo, Silks

Caroline Wright, Silks, Lyra and Trapeze



Contact Info



Caroline Calouche & Co. Website


Charlotte Dance Festival - Website

Choreography - CV



Lingua, dance theater work with cube, trapeze and corde lisse (30 minutes)

Black Coffee, contemporary dance with invented large trapeze apparatus (18 mins)

The Glass Ceiling, contemporary dance trapeze duet (8 mins.)

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space, full-length dance and aerial production

Le Moment du Partir: contemporary dance solo (6 mins)

Woven: contemporary dance and trapeze trio (5 mins)



Rouge, full length cabaret aerial and dance show

Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story, full length aerial and dance version of The Nutcracker

Free to Live: aerial and dance work (30 mins.)

The Tie That Binds: aerial silk and dance duet (6 mins)

Arthropod: rope and harness solo (5 mins)

oo-ee-ah-uh, contemporary dance (8 mins)
Duo: Aerial Silk duet (5 mins) / premiere



The Macabre Masque: full length aerial and dance show 

Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story, full length aerial and dance version of The Nutcracker / premiere

Free to Live: aerial and dance work / premiere

The Nightingale: aerial and dance (25 mins)
Solo con: contemporary dance and dance trapeze solo (6 mins)



Misterioso: full length aerial and dance show

Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story Act 2

pi: personal integrity: full length aerial and dance show

The Tie That Binds: aerial silk and dance duet / premiere

what bring us close: contemporary dance quartet with lyra / premiere

Catch Me: contemporary dance trio / premiere



pi: personal integrity: premiere



Temperature Rising: contemporary dance trio (7 mins) / premiere

Koi: aerial silk solo (4 mins) / premiere

The Macabre Masque: premiere



Misterioso: premiere

st op ti me: contemporary dance quartet (11 mins) / premiere

Enraged Rose: contemporary dance and aerial silk duet (6 mins) / premiere

Arthropod: premiere

Taking Flight: premiere



The Taming of the Shrew: full length contemporary show / premiere

At Odds: contemporary dance duet / premiere

Juxtaposition: contemporary quintet (12 mins) / premiere



Risk: full length contemporary dance show / premiere

E=applec2: contemporary dance (premiere

Il Gioco: premiere

Le Moment du Partir: premiere


Guest Performances



Charlotte Vision Awards

Ulysses Dance Project Festival: A Symphony of Brotherhood



First Night Charlotte (New Year’s Eve)

Charlotte Symphony’s Magic of Christmas

Carolina Voices Singing Christmas Tree

Romare Bearden Park Opening

Charlotte Dance Festival Dance Charlotte



First Night Charlotte (New Year’s Eve)

Fresh! Festival



First Night Charlotte (New Year’s Eve)

Charlotte Dance Festival Dance Charlotte

Carolina Medical Center Annual Meeting

NC Dance Festival

Washington and Lee University

  1. N.Charleston Arts Festival



First Night Charlotte (New Year’s Eve)

  1. N.Charleston Arts Festival



First Night Charlotte (New Year’s Eve)

Charlotte Dance Festival Dance Charlotte

Washington and Lee University



Charlotte Vision Awards 

Charlotte Dance Festival Dance Charlotte

NC Dance Festival

N. Charleston Arts Festival


Charlotte Dance Festival Dance Charlotte

EVIE Awards

Fort Worth Dance Festival

Greensboro Fringe Festival



Greensboro Fringe Festival



Regional Artist Award by the Charlotte Arts and Science Council

2011: Aerial Dance Festival

2005: American Dance Festival Winter Intensive and Workshops in Brussels, Belgium at The Loft

2000: American Dance Festival Scholarship



Host of Sparrows Aerial Dance (Richmond, VA)

Flojo (Durham, NC)

Foxxy Fitness (Cary, NC)
Legacy Dance Studios (Durham, NC)

Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA)

Halestone Dance Studio (Lexington, VA)
UNC Charlotte Dance Department (Charlotte, NC)
Winthrop University Dance Department (Rock Hill, SC)

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)

The School of North Carolina Dance Theatre (Charlotte, NC)



BASI Pilates Mat and Equipment




Photos by Michael Church

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