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 Circus Programs Director
Brian Cooper is a certified yoga instructor with over 10 years experience working with young people. He is professionally trained as a psychotherapist, outdoor educator, and spent the past two years working as a science and history teacher at a Montessori school. When not working as an educator, Brian can be found playing his guitar, writing children’s stories, rock climbing or exploring nature.
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.
Aerial Yoga Instructor
Natalie Teichmann, MFA, LMT, CYT, CMA, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received her MFA in choreography and performance in 2015. Natalie is the founder and artistic director of ANAHATA Dance, a New York and Durham based company focusing on site-specific performances. She completed her 200 hr Vinyasa Yoga Certification at Laughing Lotus in NYC in 2009 and taught around the city for 8 years before moving to Chapel Hill last fall. She is certified in Reiki; Vinyasa, Prenatal, and Aerial Yoga; Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis; and is currently pursuing her Alexander Technique Certification. Her classes focus on cultivating a deep awareness of the body at the cellular level in order to allow the breath to guide one’s movement.
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.
Acro Yoga Instructor
Meet Lauren! Her philosophy as a teacher is simple: the only limits that exist are the ones you set in your own mind.
Lauren has been practicing yoga for 5 years, teaching for 4, and when she found Acro Yoga over a year ago all of the pieces kind of came together in her practice. She fell in love with the acrobatic side of the practice, the way you can get lost in it, and the supportive nature of trusting and working with another human.
She encourages her students to be fearless and to always find joy in their practice and in their lives. Lauren teaches how to playfully approach the Yoga and Acro Yoga practice, and remain lighthearted as they challenge themselves. She has experience teaching all different levels, age groups, and abilities, and has experience teaching vinyasa, hot flow, power, core, yin yoga, and yoga for athletes, handstands, and Acro Yoga for beginners.
Lauren is an E-RYT 200 Vinyasa Instructor, a certified NESTA personal trainer, and a USAW Olympic Weightlifting Instructor.
When not teaching, she can usually be found upside down, hanging out with friends outside, or snuggling with her chihuahua and a good book.
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.
Karen was hooked on Zumba from the moment she took her first class at Cirque De Vol Studios. She loved it so much that she became a licensed instructor in June of 2013. Karen believes that Zumba is the perfect combination of fun, dance, and fitness, and it is the only workout that puts a smile on her face. She loves her students, and it is her goal to give them that same experience.
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.