Who We Are


Sara Phoenix

 

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.

Faith Towner

 

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.

Mandy Conlin

 

Mandy Conlin

 

Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop/Lyra, Youth Camp Instructor

I started practicing yoga during a stressful time in my life, and took an aerial class at cirque de Vol. I fell in love instantly and dove right in. I have a background in gymnastics, and though I haven’t even thought about it in (many) years, my body remembered. Aerial arts gave me a chance to reconnect with myself. I was surprised at what I could achieve this late in life.

It felt like my body was reminding me of how strong I am. I channeled anger, frustration, and a lot of negativity. I gained self confidence. Now I can’t imagine life without it.

Eiley Hartzell-Jordan

 

Eiley Hartzell-Jordan

 

Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop/Lyra Instructor

 

My aerial journey started back in 2015, but it wasn’t until coming to Cirque De Vol this past year that I was hooked on it. Aerial arts has brought me passion, confidence, and self-love. I began on silks, but immediately fell in love with lyra the first time I tried it. I also practice on sling and rope! I am very excited to be a part of the Cirque De Vol community and to share aerial arts with others!

Emily Roberts

 

Emily Roberts

 

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.

Mena Orr

 

Mena Orr

 

Circus Acrobatics, Tumbling, Handbalancing

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 4 years ago and coached competitive and recreational gymnastics.

Sydney Santoro

 

Sydney Santoro

 

Aerial Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Family Yoga Instructor

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.

LaTissa ChaNellé

 

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.

Kevin Nesnow

 

Kevin Nesnow

 

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.