Sara Phoenix created Cirque de Vol to combine her life passions. She specializes in production, aerial rigging, and performance booking. Her favorite movement and performance art forms include hula hoops, fire performance, and improv dance. You can catch her at Cirque de Vol leading youth and adult circus arts programming, or leading ecstatic dance, teaching hula hoops, mindfulness, and beginner aerial silks. Her intention is to create an aspiring community that fosters human growth through creative movement. She finds deep worth in practicing and sharing the joy that can be found in the circus arts.
Kendra Greaves is an internationally acclaimed aerialist and circus artist. Her specialties are silks, duo slings, trapeze (solo and duo, static and flying), and vertical rope. Since 2003, she has performed, trained, and taught all over the world. She’s performed on five continents and her last tour was with Cirque du Soleil’s show Varekai, in which she performed trapeze. Along with teaching Int/Adv Silks, she is also a Critical Care Nurse at Duke-Raleigh Hospital and is expecting her first child in May 2017. Visit www.kendragreaves.com for more information, complete resume, photos, and videos!
Aerial, Flexibility & Boot Camp Instructor
Fallon D’Eliseo hails from Miami, Fl where she began studying dance at the age of seven. After training as a contemporary dancer at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, cum laude, with a double major in Dance and Theater. While in college, she participated in regional theater performances such as “A Chorus Line,” “Goodbye Girl” and “The Tempest.” After the completion of her degree, she toured with Martha Connerton’s modern dance company in Charlotte, NC. Following a great season, Fallon trained with the National Dance Institute in NYC where she refined her teaching skills. Shortly afterwards, Fallon began training as an aerialist and acrobat and has been given the luxury of performing all over the world. Some of her recent credits include performing with Dragon Talent Group and Missy Cochran Entertainment in Las Vegas, for David Guetta, Nervo, Dimitry Vegas and Afrojack in Miami beach as well as a featured soloist at the Nikki Beach What Women Want fashion show. She has also performed for NBC 17, News 14 Carolina and was featured in the Bret Michaels Roses and Thorns Cologne Commercial. Fallon has worked for Celebrity Cruises as a specialty dancer and aerialist since 2009 on its Solstice class ships. After performing professionally for over ten years, Fallon decided to obtain her Pilates certification through DK Body Balancing by Dolly Kelepecz in Las Vegas, NV. Fallon just finished performing as a dancer/aerial soloist in “Carnival” and “Evita” at the Stage Door Theater and as a solo aerialist on the Grand Celebration in the Bahamas and is now glad to be home performing and teaching.
Youth Programs Director/Yoga Instructor
Brian is a dedicated mind body yogi with over 12 years of experience on the mat. He believes that cultivating present moment awareness is the most important part of yoga and leads his classes with humor and a light heart. Brian has a background in clinical psychotherapy, interfaith spirituality, and comedy improv which he brings into every class. When not practicing yoga, Brian can be found hiking off trail at Umstead, playing his guitar, or teaching young people science and history.
Certified Yoga Teacher by Guru Dhram, 9 time Indian world hatha champion through World Yoga Alliance.
Certificate Pending Aerial Yoga Teacher by Catharine A Gauch, 30 years experience teaching aerial arts through Aircat Aerial Studio.
Thai bodywork certification pending by Eleanor Bramwell, trauma and bodywork specialist through Be Well With Eleanor.
Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychotherapy from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California.
Aerial Silks Instructor
Faith has learned aerial skills from many great regional and local instructors as well as internationally renowned teachers, Fred Deb, Elsie and Serenity Smith, and Susan Murphy. She completed her teacher training at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Introduction, Foundation Level, and Intermediate Level 1 for both aerial silks and trapeze as well as Foundation Level Aerial Sling. Faith continues her aerial education through workshops, immersions, and training’s throughout the year. She has a passion for aerial fabric and believes circus arts are for all abilities and ages.
Acro Yoga/Handstand/Aerial Instructor
CIZE LIVE/Dance Instructor
LaTissa ChaNellé found her passion for dancing at a young age, shortly after breaking a chair while mimicking Janet Jackson’s “Pleasure Principle” music video. Her formal dance training began as an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill when she joined Blank Canvas Dance Company to learned proper dance technique and choreograph her own pieces. After graduation, LaTissa began teaching dance workshops at community events and performing on semi-professional dance teams, including the Carolina Bombshells, Carolina Bengals and the Carolina Jaguars. Her involvement in community outreach sparked an interest in teaching, and she now teaches beginner to advanced level hip-hop and cardio fitness classes around the Triangle. LaTissa currently teaches hip-hop classes at City Ballet, useing her story to encourage the next generation of dancers to explore their potential, stay encouraged, and live their dreams. More info can be found at latissachanelle.com, and follow @LaTissaChanelle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat!
Lyra Instructor/Camp Counselor
Alissa Fagan is passionate about aerial arts and is certified to teach Aerial Hoop (Lyra) through Aradia Fitness. Her primary apparatus is the Lyra, but she enjoys playing on the trapeze and silks as well. Her journey into aerial arts began with pole fitness, but after her first Lyra class, she was officially hooked. She feels at home in the Lyra and loves introducing others to its magic. When she’s not hanging out in her hoop, you can probably find her on her yoga mat.
Abby Hylton is an aerial teacher and performer based in Carrboro, NC. They particularly love teaching kids and youth and choreographing on trapeze and lyra. Outside of aerials, they are a community organizer specializing in queer and trans youth issues and enjoy cuddling with their cats, singing bad pop music, and getting overly excited about sea creatures and bio-luminescence.
Aerial Boot Camp Instructor
Theron is an Army & Navy veteran with a passion for fitness. During his 12 years in the military, he trained with the Army Rangers, Army Special Forces and Navy Seals. He has taught Krav Maga, Is Ryu Karate, Beachbody Body Pump, Insanity and P90X. He is experienced with beginner and advanced classes as well as training people with injuries. His boot camp will be a hard core military style workout with a circus twist!
Yoga/Thai Yoga Instructor
The opportunity to become a Yoga Teacher came along at exactly the right time for Patricia. She was in a mid-life career transition, and decided to become a Yoga Teacher so she could help others experience the benefits yoga practice had brought to her. Patricia’s life changed when she tried hot yoga in Jan, 2008. After 2 years of almost daily classes, Patricia found an opportunity to attend a traditional yoga teacher training. After teaching at various places around Raleigh and running her own yoga studio for over two years, Patricia how offers private yoga and Thai therapy sessions, as well as teaches group classes around Raleigh. “I believe Yoga is the only exercise anyone ever needs” says Patricia. It’s changed her life, so now let it change yours.
Camp Counselor, Aerial & Fitness Instructor
Cassidy grew up in Monroe, North Carolina (basically Charlotte) but moved to Raleigh in 2013 to study at NC State University, where she was also a part of the NC State Winterguard team. She just graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science! Cassidy has always loved climbing and circus arts was a perfect fit. Her mother has been a fitness instructor for many years, and it seems that Cassidy is following in her mothers’ footsteps, albeit with a circus twist! Cassidy is high energy and is excited to encourage you to push yourself in her classes.
Elena Johnson has been an avid practitioner of yoga for the past 15 years, and has taught for the past 8. After completing her teacher training in 2006, she went on to her graduate program where, as an Expressive Arts/Body-Centered Therapist, she began to utilize yoga therapeutically. She now incorporates yoga to assist clients in discovering new ways to work through addiction, eating disorders, heal from trauma, manage stress, and resolve mental health concerns. She believes yoga serves as way to holistically connect to the True Self-mind, body, and spirit-and that by listening to the wisdom of our own bodies we learn to heal and let go of that which no longer serves us. She loves yoga and movement and designs classes with emphasis on alignment, breath-work, self-expression, self-reflection, and a good dose of humor.
Elise Dorsett is passionate about dance as a form of joyful communication. Her journey with tango began when she moved to Buenos Aires in 2010, and couldn’t resist taking to the floor. She started dancing socially, then studied at DNI School of Tango with Dana Frigoli and with later with Gustavo Naveira y Giselle Anne. Elise received her RYT 200 hour yoga certification at the Inbound School of Yoga in Cuzco, Peru in 2012, where she was trained in the practice of Ashtanga-Vinyasa. She continues to explore and study other alignment based practices to enrich her teaching. Elise teaches weekly at the Alexander YMCA and Alliance Medical Ministry in Raleigh. She believes yoga asana and breathing techniques can enhance the study of tango—by improving flexibility and body awareness, partners can develop a sense of connection where the perception of two becomes the awareness of one.
Marco Levati began dancing in Italy, but tango first came to life for him in the streets of Rosario, Argentina, among a community of dancers and musicians. Marco has since lived and danced in many countries. He has studied with Mariano Chicho Frumboli y Juana Sepulveda, Gustavo Naveira, Giselle Anne, Raul Masciocchi, Giovanni Perego, Chiara Costa, Raffaele Rufo, Valentina Vitolo, and others. He loves inventing new ways to improvise with the music (sometimes with unpredictable steps!), but always within the structure for clear communication.