Who We Are
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Sara Phoenix

Owner/Instructor/Creative Director

Sara Phoenix created Cirque de Vol to combine her life passions. She specializes in performance production and aerial rigging. She works as a performance artist, hoop dancer, aerial yoga instructor, and meditation teacher. Her favorite movement and performance art forms include hoop dance, fire performance, and improvisational 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 aerial yoga. 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 these art forms.

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Sara Howell

Founder & Director

Sara Phoenix created Cirque de Vol to combine her life passions. She specializes in performance production and aerial rigging, and has trained with Delbert Hall, Cathy Gauch of Aerial Aircats in Boulder, Co. and Ludwig of Ludwig rigs in Golden, CO. Sara worked for many years as a circus and performance artist,  aerial instructor, sound healer and meditation teacher. She also founded and led Cirque's event booking company starting in 2009, where she organized, directed and produced hundreds of events, including staged aerial and circus theatre productions. Her favorite movement and performance art forms include hoop dance, fire arts, ritual performance, compositional and improvisational dance. Her intention is to create an aspiring community that fosters human growth through creative movement and community. She finds deep worth in practicing and sharing the joy that can be found in these art forms. Sara now works in transformational and break through healing arts, though she still acts as the founding director of Cirque de Vol.

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Faith Towner

Aerial Silks Instructor & Performer

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.

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Emily Roberts

Aerial Yoga Teacher

 

Emily has been following her passion and teaching a variety of yoga classes in the Raleigh area for 3 years. In 2018, she traveled to Thailand for 5 weeks where she completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course and became certified to teach. Her love for teaching led her to explore different styles of yoga, which is how she found Aerial Yoga.

 

Emily’s first time in the hammock made her feel empowered and strong while at the same time making her feel at ease. Emily’s classes emphasize the mind-body connection and she believes each student should listen to their own body. Students have said that Emily’s classes are accessible to anyone and they almost always leave feeling lighter on their feet. Emily is very personable and loves to create community within her classes to reassure students that they are safe and can truly be themselves.

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Mena Orr

Circus Acrobatics, Tumbling, Hand balancing & Youth Programs Coordinator 

Mena is from Ohio. She grew up in a ballet studio and fell in love with handstands and yoga in 2014. She started her Acrobatic career as a coach in 2016, and has coached competitive and recreational gymnastics for 5 years.

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Cambria Hunter

Aerial Fabric Instructor & Youth Programs

Cambria is a professional fun maker by trade and an emerging instructor at Cirque De Vol.
She trained with The Academy of Ballet in Utah when she was young and has been an avid rock climber for most of her life. Cambria's aerial journey began with pole dancing classes and aerial fabric. She found her passion for circus arts while training aerial silks and sling with Holly Ann Jarvis.
Cambria's goal is to create an aerial class experience focused on having fun and making progress.

 

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Khalil Khama

Acrobatics & Gymnastics Coach, Youth Programs

Coach Khalil is a multitalented creative director and artist. He has been in North Carolina teaching art, gymnastics, martial arts, and tumbling to children and adults for seven years. He has coached at World Champion Taekwondo, Master Chang’s Martial Arts, The Tumble Gym, and college athletes from NC State, UNC, and UNC A&T. Coach Khalil has a big heart for his community and is honored to serve and teach those around him. 

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Sydney Santoro

Aerial Yoga & Hatha Yoga Instructor, Assistant Manager

Sydney is a Yoga Alliance 200 hr. certified yoga instructor. She began her yoga practice 5 years ago in her home city of Chicago and hasn’t looked back since! When she moved to Raleigh in 2019 she joined the Cirque De Vol community and instantly fell in love with all the benefits aerial yoga offers. Sydney believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or skill level. Her classes are aimed to help students improve their practice no matter what level they are at. Whether you’re looking to increase strength in your aerial practice, or relax and find your inner Zen, Sydney can help guide you there.

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LaTissa ChaNellé

Hip-Hop Cardio

LaTissa ChaNellé found her passion for dancing at a young age, but her formal dance training began as an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduation, LaTissa began teaching dance workshops at community events and performing on semi-professional dance teams, sparked an interest in community outreach and dance education. She now teaches beginner to advanced level hip-hop and cardio fitness classes around the Triangle, and uses her story to encourage the next generation of dancers to explore their potential, stay encouraged, and live their dreams. Follow @LaTissaChanelle on FB, IG, and Twitter, Instagram, or visit latissachanelle.com.

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Kevin Nesnow

Aerial Rigging & Safety

Kevin has been a professional rigger, work at height safety trainer and evaluator, rope access technician, backcountry access guide, and fall protection safety equipment retailer for over 10 years. His attraction to climbing and heights as a child amplified when his older sister introduced him to sport rock climbing at the age of ten. This passion has persisted ever since.

While receiving his MBA at the University of Hawaii, Kevin partnered with the small climbing outfitter Climb Aloha. The company soon grew from selling rock climbing equipment to providing professional fall protection equipment to all work at height industries. In addition to equipment, the company expanded its recreational rock climbing school into an accreditation academy that serves working professionals.

We’re better together. Cirque de Vol’s doors are open to people of all backgrounds. Our community here values diversity, inclusion, and compassion. People of all sexual orientations, ages, abilities,  and ethnic, economic, and racial backgrounds are welcome here. 

Email is the quickest way to reach us. Please use the “Contact Us” form here

or give us a call at 919 615 2484 

We look foward to meeting you.