Instructors

Sara Phoenix

Owner/Instructor/Creative Director

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

Aerial Instructor

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!

Faith Towner


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.

Cassidy Slabaugh


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.

Amanda Finch


Aerial Instructor

I was introduced to aerials as an alternative
form of fitness and it evolved into a passion for
teaching, as well as a performing. I received my education in aerial acrobatics from the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont. I have been accepted to Ecole in Montreal Canada and I will attend this Fall to continue my aerial acrobatics education. I had the opportunity to study and train under some of the original creators and acrobats from “La Nouba”, of Cirque Du Soleil. Last year I created a Summer Reading Program for the North Carolina Library System and taught and performed aerials at over 46 libraries. The theme was Get Ready, Set, Read! Exercising the Mind and Body. The program encouraged kids to combine physical fitness and reading and was a great success! This summer I’m scheduled to teach at 25 more libraries.

I am a teacher, a trainer, a wife, a lover of pimento cheese & North Carolina Oysters. Some of my favorite things include runs (walks) through the city with my husband and our yellow dog Lilly. I love the coast and like to spend my time there paddleboarding and fishing. I truly love the City of Raleigh and I am proud to be a part of the creative growth in our community.  Some of my most memorable Aerial Highlights include the following:

  • I met and then hung upside down over the Chinese Ambassador to the United States and his secret service at the Forbidden City Exhibit held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Virginia.
  • I once mistook the real Hall and Oates for a Hall and Oates cover band at a tech rehearsal before a performance in Maine.
  • I met Vanilla Ice at the NC State Fair and later got to see Joan Jett do a tech rehearsal singing the national anthem in the Dorton Arena to our crowd of five people.
  • I performed at the Watkins Glen International Speedway in New York, and then got to take endless pace car rides around the track.

Shelby Scott


Acro Yoga/Handstand/Aerial Instructor

Fallon D’Eliseo

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.

Alissa Fagan

Lyra & Yoga Instructor

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


Aerial Instructor

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.

Theron Langston

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!

Patricia Wigington


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.