Instructors

Sara Phoenix

Owner/Movement Artist

Sara Phoenix created Cirque de Vol to combine her life passions. Her intention is to create an aspiring community that fosters human growth through creative movement and circus arts. She finds deep worth in practicing and sharing the joy that can be found in these art forms.

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!

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.

Adam Dipert


Juggling, Flow Arts & Stilts

Adam Dipert has been practicing circus arts since 2000. He teaches and performs contact juggling, flower sticks, contact sphere, diabolo, poi, juggling, rolling globe, stilting, afro-balance and fire arts. He has appeared in Juggle Magazine, countless newspapers and a few national magazine ads and won 2 international Devil Stick Competitions.

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.

Natalie Teichmann


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.

LaTissa ChaNelle


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!

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.

Katja “Katalyst”


Flow Artist, Hoopdancer, Hoopsmith and Instructor

Katja began practicing flow arts in 2013, and has since made it the focus of her entrepreneurial pursuits.

In 2014 she began making hula hoops, and in 2016 she invented “Flowtivate,” an aromatherapy hoopwax.

Katja blends her background in Montessori childcare with her experiences in flow arts to offer unique insight to the art form.

She is passionate about sharing the concepts of Flow State with others through instruction and artistic performance.

Amy Tortorella


Yoga Instructor

Amy’s passion for yoga was ignited close to 10 years ago.Playfully experimenting with yoga styles such as Yin, Bikram, Anusara and Flow, Amy finally met her teacher, Lila Brown. It was then that her practice on, and off, the mat expanded at a rapid rate and the dream of completing a teacher training program was no longer out of reach. Amy gives so much love and gratitude to Lila, as well as to all of the other amazing teachers that have crossed her path over the years.

Karen Haight


Zumba Instructor

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.

Samantha Corey


Trapeze Instructor, Theatre

Sam has been studying theatre from a young age, and received her BA in Theatre Performance with a music minor from Appalachian State University in 2010. She has moved back to her hometown of Raleigh after being Company Manager at Creede Repertory Theatre and a Teaching Artist at The Denver Center Academy, both in Colorado. Her most recent appearance as an actress in NC was her trapeze debut in Henry V (on trapeze) in 2011 at Burning Coal Theatre. She learned trapeze from Eileen Little, co-artistic Director of Fight or Flight Theatre Company and certified New England Center for Circus Arts trapeze teacher. She has been teaching ages 6-36 professionally in both NC and CO in the areas of acting, trapeze, and Shakespeare.

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.

Elise Dorsett

Tango Instructor

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

Tango Instructor

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.

Elena Johnson


Yoga Instructor

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.