Who We Are
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.
Yoga & Aerial Instructor
Arika moved to Raleigh to study at NC State after being recruited by a cheerleading coach. She cheered and did gymnastics for over 9 years of her life and spent 3 years learning hip hop and jazz dance. While at NCSU she was introduced to yoga and aerial arts, she signed up for a 6-week lyra series at Cirque De Vol and the rest of her aerial journey started. She spent the next few years training on lyra, silks, hammocks and pole, practicing yoga while teaching classes in both TN and CA ranging from aerial yoga, yoga, lyra and contortion.
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.
Hand Balancing, Circus Acrobatics, Flexibility & Tumbling, Youth Camp Instructor
Mirela was born in Poland, and was trained professionally in Sports Acrobatics. She was five time Polish Champion, and represented her country in two world Championship and two Europe Championships (winning bronze medal in 1998).
Her performing career started in 2005 with “LE REVE” a show in in Las Vegas where she worked as an acrobat and aerialist. Since then she was part of many more production including : “Love Never Dies” (West End musical) “Cavalia” (Acrobatic show with horses) and most recently “Pippin” ( Broadway musical).
During the 15 years of her career, she performed aerial silks, hoop and rope, hula hoops, acrobatics, hand to hand and hand balancing on various stages around the world. Mirela is excited to join Cirque du Vol to share her passion for handstands and acrobatics with students of all ages.
Aerial Yoga Instructor
Rachel has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and enjoys sharing her passion with others. She will be completing her 200hr core based vinyasa teacher training this February. She was certified in teaching Aerial Yoga 3 years ago and has enjoyed combining yoga with the creativity of aerial arts. She enjoys arm balances/ inversions, wraps/drops and alignment based flows. During the day she is a Registered Veterinary Technician at a local animal hospital and graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. When not at the hospital or studio she enjoys reading, traveling , and spending time outside.
Aerial Yoga Instructor
Emily has been in love with yoga since going to her first class in 2016. She loved how the practice made her feel connected to her body. After incorporating a consistent practice into her life, she decided to study yoga in Thailand where she completed her 200-hour teacher-training course. She is passionate about teaching others and loves to watch her students grow and excel. In August 2018, she had the opportunity to become trained in Aerial Yoga, which has become one of her favorite things to do. Aerial Yoga has helped her become stronger and more diverse in different types of yoga. Emily enjoys exploring her mind and body connection through movement and shares this intention in her classes.
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.
Christy loves using creative play to spark the imagination of children through storytelling, music, movement, visual arts, and theatre. She has been passionate about self-discovery through the arts her entire life. Her career began as a Program Assistant at the Arts Guild of Old Forge, Inc. in the Adirondacks. She taught drama camps for kids, and worked with programs registrants, parents, and volunteers to design programming to complement artist in residence programming. In 2001, she moved to North Carolina and became a Children’s Librarian creating 200 programs for youth 0-18 annually.
Throughout most of my personal and vocational life, words and sound have hurt, controlled, and induced stress. Although I cannot undo a difficult past, the exploration of restorative sound presents a beautiful sounding future.
Aerial Rigging & Safety
Kevin has been a professional rigger, work at height safety trainer and evaluator, rope accesstechnician, 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.