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Summer hangouts reach new heights, meaning in dance studio

Summer camp is giving new meaning to hanging out

Caroline Calouche's summer camp is giving new meaning to hanging out. Eighteen kids age six to 11 practice aerial arts during Calouche's Cirque Camp.
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Caroline Calouche's summer camp is giving new meaning to hanging out. Eighteen kids age six to 11 practice aerial arts during Calouche's Cirque Camp.

Hanging out at home every day can mean a boring summer for kids. At Charotte's Caroline Calouche & Co dance studio, however, kids are hanging out in a new way: upside down in cloth suspended from the ceiling. They practice a variety of circus arts and dance throughout the summer under the direction of owner Caroline Calouche and her team of teachers.

"What circus arts does is it just gives such great self-esteem and such teamwork," said Calouche. "You're really rooting each other on to achieve these amazing challenges."

The current camp has 18 students age six to 11 and includes a variety of classes from aerial skills to acrobatics. Calouche's organization has been performing for 10 years and teaching for the last eight. She even offers scholarships for families who cannot afford classes.

"I'm so grateful and so blessed," said Calouche, "that I've had people to support me so I could make this possible for so many youth."

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