Charlotte (704) 971-2011
Concord (704) 932-8888

Dance Instructors

A Charlotte area dance school faculty that is nationally renowned.

The dance faculty at Piedmont School of Music & Dance has extensive professional dance experience.  The faculty has performed for companies such as American Ballet Theatre, San Fransisco Ballet, The Juilliard School and the Stars of New York City Ballet. In addition to their performance experience, PSMD’s instructors have a wealth of experience in teaching throughout the nation in association with institutions such as American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Charlotte Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Wake Forest University, and other privately owned dance studios.

"…has been dancing since she was 2, but she has never, ever, ever been in a school with the caliber of teachers and dancers than is at your studio."

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Rebecca Massey Wiley

Founder & Director
In 1992, Mrs. Massey Wiley became a full time company member of American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY. While in New York, she also appeared with The Stars of New York City Ballet.

Rebecca Massey Wiley

Rebecca Wiley, Founder and Director of Piedmont School of Music & Dance, received her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, N.C., School of American Ballet in New York, N.Y. and the Hungarian National Ballet Academy, Budapest, Hungary. In 1992, Ms. Wiley became a full time company member of the American Ballet Theatre, New York, N.Y. During her eight years with the company, she performed throughout the world and was frequently featured as a soloist performer. While in New York, Rebecca also appeared with The Stars of New York City Ballet.

Ms. Wiley has served as a Master Teacher for Wake Forest University, Charlotte Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company and has served on faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition to her role as Director of PSMD, Ms. Wiley also serves as the Founder and Director of Piedmont Dance Theatre (PDT), offering her students many production opportunities.

During Ms. Wiley’s 16-year career as Director of PDT, she has established a strong community following, and the company’s annual Nutcracker production has become a holiday favorite. In addition to The Nutcracker, she has created and directed multiple full-length ballets including Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, A Pirates Tale and Peter and the Wolf. Through grants and community partnerships Rebecca has provided the citizens of her community an opportunity to see a ballet each summer free of charge and ensures all Kannapolis City School third graders can attend the Nutcracker free of charge.

Under Rebecca’s leadership, the students of PSMD have achieved great success and joy through dance. Whether her students have gone onto professional dance careers, attended college for dance or simply enjoyed dancing for the sake of dancing, Ms. Wiley celebrates and honors each young man and woman she teaches for their job well done.

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Briana Beamon

Performing Company Director
From Charlotte, NC where she began dancing at the age of three. After training at Piedmont School of Music & Dance, Ms Beamon continued training in college at Princeton University and UNC Charlotte.

Briana Beamon

Briana Rivers was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C. where she began dancing at the age of three. After joining the competition team at Dance Productions, Briana cultivated her talent in various styles of dance, including jazz, tap, and contemporary. She then furthered her training under the tutelage of Rebecca Wiley at the Piedmont School of Music & Dance and Piedmont Dance Theatre, where she was a teacher, choreographer and featured soloist. Mrs. Rivers continued her dance training during her college years at Princeton University and UNC Charlotte. At Princeton, Briana was chosen to perform for the Princeton University Department of Dance, was a member of the Bodyhype Dance Company, serving as both a dancer and choreographer, and choreographed “Ragtime, The Musical”, for which she earned a “Prince-Tony” award. At the University of NC at Charlotte, Briana studied under and performed the works of esteemed faculty members E.E. Balcos, Gretchen Alterowitz, and Kim Jones. Since 2010, Briana has served as a teacher and choreographer throughout the Charlotte-Metro area, winning numerous awards at regional and national competitions along the East Coast. In 2014, Briana assumed the role of Performing Company Director at the Piedmont School of Music and Dance, where she has continued to foster her passion for teaching and choreographing. She has been recognized many times for her award-winning choreography in tap, jazz, and contemporary. Briana loves nothing more than to share her passion with her students, helping them cultivate a love for dance that will last a lifetime.

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Daniel Wiley

Master Teacher
While attending The Juilliard School, Mr. Wiley worked with world famous contemporary choreographers, such as Hans van Manen, Lar Lubovitch, Jirí Kylián, and Paul Taylor. Upon graduation, Mr. Wiley joined the Charlotte Ballet

Daniel Wiley

Daniel Wiley began his dance training at the Florida Ballet Training Center. At the age of 14, he continued his training at the esteemed HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, F.L. While attending HARID, Daniel performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Flower Festival and Paquita. In addition to his experience at HARID, Mr. Wiley furthered his studies on scholarship at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet. Upon graduation from HARID, Mr. Wiley began his studies in New York, N.Y. at the prestigious The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. While attending The Juilliard School, Mr. Wiley worked with world famous contemporary choreographers, such as Hans van Manen, Lar Lubovitch, Jirí Kylián, Paul Taylor and Igal Perry. Daniel spent his final year at Juilliard under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, receiving his BFA in May of 2003. Upon graduation, Mr. Wiley joined the Charlotte Ballet where he served as principal artist for three seasons (2003-2006). While at Charlotte Ballet, Mr. Wiley performed works by George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, Nicolo Fonte, Uri Sands, Mark Godden, and Dwight Rhoden among others. In 2004, The Charlotte Observer named Mr. Wiley “Artist to Watch,” and in 2005 he was honored with the “Best Male Dancer” award in Charlotte Magazine’s “Best of the Best” edition. Mr. Wiley strives for excellence, in and out of the studio, and serves as an ideal role model for the students and faculty of Piedmont School of Music & Dance.

Johanna Butow

Johanna received her training at the Pennsylvania Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School. Her career included six years with The Joffrey Ballet and eight years with American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

Johanna Butow

Johanna Snyder Butow received her training at the Pennsylvania Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School. Her career of 14 – years included six years with The Joffrey Ballet and eight years with American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

While a member of ABT, Ms. Butow performed the major full-length classical ballets, including Giselle, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, and La Sylphide; with featured roles in The Merry Widow and Swan Lake. She was also a cast member of Lar Lubovitch’s original full-length Othello and Meadow. In addition, she has performed such repertory ballets as Antony Tudor’s Echoing of Trumpets, Gala Performance and Lilac Garden, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto, Kevin McKenzie’s Transcendental Etudes, Agnes DeMille’s Fall River Legend, Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Lar Lubovitch’s A Brahms Symphony and James Kudelka’s Cruel World. She has had featured roles in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo and Antony Tudor’s Leaves Are Fading, and was in Twyla Tharp’s The Elements and was an original cast member of Twyla Tharp’s How Near Heaven.

Her teaching credits include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre’s Children’s division, Pre-Professional Division, Young Dancer Summer Workshop, and ABT’s Summer Intensive. Johanna is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She also serves on the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners.

Samuel Chester

Began training at the age of twelve and this is his twelfth season as a professional dancer. From 2006-2008 Mr. Chester was sponsored by the United States Embassy to perform in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Samuel Chester

Samuel Chester began training at the age of twelve and this is his twelfth season as a professional dancer. Mr. Chester has performed soloist and principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Petrushka, Don Quixote, Diana & Acteon, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, and Paquita. He has performed contemporary works such as Cirque du Ballet, Strings, Just About, C to C: Classical to Contemporary, Tango Fusion and Alonzo King’s Map. During the summers of 2006 to 2008, Sam was sponsored by the United States Embassy to perform at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th GALA INTERNACIONAL DE DANZA in Montevideo, Uruguay, during which Sam received high acclaim for his performances. He has also been invited to be a guest artist throughout the United States and abroad.

Emy Holden

Emy received her BFA in Musical Theatre with a concentration in Ballet from Montclair State University. While at MSU, Emy had the privilege of taking master classes with Broadway legends Priscilla Lopez and Chita Rivera.

Emy Holden

Emy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a concentration in Ballet from Montclair State University. While at MSU, Emy had the privilege of taking master classes with Broadway legends Priscilla Lopez and Chita Rivera where she received insights into the choreographic styles of Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse. In addition to ballet and Broadway jazz, Emy has received extensive training in modern dance. Upon graduating, Emy continued her training at Broadway Dance Center and has had the honor and privilege of being able to perform, choreograph and teach from throughout the US. In addition to dance Emy, is a professional actor, singer, and spoken word artist.

Tia Jones

Began dancing at 2 years of age in Farmington, CT. She has performed with the Buglisi Dance Theatre in the Table of Silence Project 9/11. Most recently she studied dance at LSU, performing in their Dance Ensemble.

Tia Jones

Tia Jones started dancing at 2 years of age and has explored many forms of dance ranging from Ballet to Middle Eastern Dance. Tia continued her dance education at Evjen Academy of Performing Arts in Farmington, CT as a member of their Elite Company. Throughout her career, she performed at community events and competitions, as the evening entertainment at restaurants, as the principal dancer in musical theater performances and on television specials. In 2013, she performed with the Buglisi Dance Theatre in the Table of Silence Project 9/11. Most recently she studied dance at LSU, performing in their Dance Ensemble. Tia is excited to share her love of dance with the students at PSMD.

Jennifer Provins

Jennifer Provins received her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Ms. Provins’ dance career spanned 19 years and included companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet.

Jennifer Provins

Jennifer Provins received her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Ms. Provins’ dance career spanned 19 years and included companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and West Australian Ballet.

Ms. Provins has taught for Princeton Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet School, Charlotte Ballet, and Western Australia Academy of Performing Art. Passing on her knowledge of dance and seeing firsthand the growth and improvement of her students is what inspires her to teach.

Briana Winkler

Briana trained at Piedmont School of Music & Dance for 11-years before attending Butler University. While at Bulter she served as president of The Movement Exchange, a program providing dance education for at-risk children.

Briana Winkler

Briana, a Concord, N.C. native, trained at Piedmont School of Music & Dance for 11-years before attending Butler University as a dance performance major. During her time at PSMD, Ms. Winkler studied ballet, pointe, contemporary and jazz styles and was a featured performer in Piedmont Dance Theatre's productions of The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, and Cinderella. While attending Butler University, Briana was also a member of Butler Ballet and performed in several full-length ballets including Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, as well as George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, and Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain. In addition to performing with Butler Ballet, Briana served as president of Butler Ballet's Movement Exchange program which provided dance education for at-risk children.

Kristin Chester

Received a BFA cum laude in Dance Performance and K-12 Dance Certification. After graduating, Kristin had the privilege to dance with the Carolina Ballet Theatre for two seasons under the direction of Hernan Justo.

Kristin Chester

Kristin is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude in Dance Performance and K-12 Dance Certification. She received most of her training from the Griffin Ballet Theatre in Georgia, under the direction of Mitch Flanders. After graduating from UGA, Kristin had the privilege to dance with the Carolina Ballet Theatre for two seasons under the direction of Hernan Justo. As a professional dancer, Kristin has performed such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Wendy in Peter Pan, and Kitri in Don Quixote. She had the honor to dance with the Columbia City Ballet in their productions of Aladdin, Lion King, and Dracula. Kristin attended summer intensives at the American Ballet Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Governors Honors Program in 2008. Kristin had the privilege to work with such choreographers as Chet Walker, Dwight Rhoden, and Jacques Heim. Kristin and her husband Sam are excited to be a part of the PSMD staff.

Tess Grosvenor

Raised in upstate NY, Tess began her training at age 3 and continued as a competitive Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary dancer through high school. She went on to attend Fredonia University and received a BFA in Dance.

Tess Grosvenor

Born and raised in upstate NY, Tess began her training at 3 years old and continued as a competitive Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary dancer until graduating high school. She went on to attend Fredonia University in Buffalo, NY where she trained in a tri-focus dance program studying Jazz, Modern, and Ballet equally and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Public Relations. Tess worked and trained with renowned dance professionals such as former associate director of Giordano Dance Chicago- Jon Lehrer, Garth Fagan (Garth Fagan Dance), and the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. Her performance and choreography experience includes a wide range of concert and commercial style credits including: Fredonia Dance Ensemble, the SUNY Fredonia Dance Team, Orchesis Dance Company, Dance Days of Buffalo, and the American College Dance Association Conference. In addition to performance and choreography, Tess has several years of experience in dance education. She served as the senior competition choreographer at Eclectic Dance Company (Fredonia, NY) from 2014 to 2017 and has been on faculty at Ruckus Dance Alliance and The Floor Dance Company (Rochester, NY).

Kelly Muller

Originally from Illinois where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she continued her dance training, spending a semester working for Walt Disney World.

Kelly Muller

Kelly began dancing in Illinois where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She joined a competitive dance company that gave her the opportunity to travel and perform in various competitions, shows, and events around the Midwest. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she continued her dance training, spending a semester working for Walt Disney World Entertainment. She received her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Stetson University. Kelly has taught recreational and competitive dance in the Charlotte area for 12 years, and received top awards in choreography at NC competitions. She has also enjoyed choreographing several area school musicals.

Karmen Tall

Began dancing at age 5 and has been teaching for over 25 years. She received a B.S. from the Ohio State University and her teaching certification through Dance Educators of America (DEA) in New York City.

Karmen Tall

Karmen began dancing at age 5 and has been teaching for over 25 years. She received a B.S. from the Ohio State University and her teaching certification through Dance Educators of America (DEA) in New York City. She has taught children and adults of all ages in Ballet, Tap and Jazz and enjoys sharing her love of music and dance with her students.

Morgan Wilson

Morgan Wilson is originally from Salisbury, North Carolina. Morgan received her training at Piedmont School of Music & Dance. Ms. Wilson went on to receive her BFA from The Boston Conservatory in dance performance.

Morgan Wilson

Morgan Wilson is originally from Salisbury, North Carolina where her love for dance was fostered at an young age. Morgan received her training at Piedmont School of Music & Dance. Ms. Wilson went on to receive her BFA from The Boston Conservatory in dance performance. Morgan has been on faculty for three-years at PSMD and teaches ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap.

Tara Ward

As a professional dancer she has performed both soloist and principal roles in many classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, and the Nutcracker as well as George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments,” “Serenade,” and “Rubies.”

Tara Ward

Tara Ward began her classical training at Ballet Arizona under the tutelage of Kee Juan Han, Nadia Zubkov, and Sibylle Acatos-Dady for six years before becoming a trainee at Ballet Austin. She augmented her training with summer programs at Boston Ballet, The Rock School and Ballet Austin. After one year with Ballet Austin, Tara joined City Ballet of San Diego where she performed for seven years. She has performed both soloist and principal roles in many classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, and the Nutcracker as well as George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments,” “Serenade,” and “Rubies.” Tara has more than nine years of teaching and choreographing experience, and immensely enjoys watching her students grow as both dancers and as people.

2 Locations Near You

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Charlotte Studio

Piedmont School of Music & Dance
3220 Prosperity Church Rd #103
Charlotte, NC 28269
Phone: (704) 971-2011

Concord Dance School NC

Concord Studio

Piedmont School of Music & Dance
1605 Old Earnhardt Rd
Kannapolis, NC 28083
Phone: (704) 932-8888