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.

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Nicole Buonocore

Nicole grew up dancing since the age of four. She began her college education at SUNY Purchase, ultimately graduating from The University of the Arts with a degree in Dance and a concentration in Jazz/Theatre Studies.

Nicole Buonocore

Nicole grew up dancing since the age of four. She began her college education at SUNY Purchase, ultimately graduating from The University of the Arts with a degree in Dance and a concentration in Jazz/Theatre Studies. After school, Nicole performed with Royal Caribbean in a number of shows aboard their cruise ships. Choosing to focus on teaching and choreography next, Nicole has been training children for the last 18 years, both competitively and recreationally. Her choreography has won awards in some of the most prestigious national competitions. In 2017, Nicole was the coach and in house choreographer for the Montclair University collegiate dance team.
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Shante James

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Shante has always been involved in the performing arts. She has a bachelor's degree from AMDA and has performed and worked for Disney Cruise Lines and LEGOland Malaysia Resort in Johor, Malaysia.

Shante James

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Shante has always been involved in the performing arts. At the age of 8, she was one of the youngest dancers in Ko-thi African Dance Company that performed throughout the US. Later, she danced for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team with other young dancers during their halftime show. At age 16, she performed with Kanye West at Summer Fest (2011) as well as the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Immediately following High School graduation, she attended AMDA (American Musical And Dramatic Academy) in Los Angeles to continue studying Dance and Dance Education. During her time In LA, she performed in Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker along with Tichina Arnold, Raven Symone. She received her Bachelor's Degree in 2015. At that time, Shante was offered a contract dancing with Disney Cruise Lines where she traveled throughout Europe and Carribean Islands. Most recently, she performed at LEGOFriends Live at LEGOland Malaysia Resort in Johor, Malaysia. Shante travels around the country to teach and mentor young upcoming talent and artists. She enjoys inspiring and sharing her knowledge with others. Giving back to her community and being a role model is imperative to her.
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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.
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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.
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Emily Wiley

During her 10 year career as a performer with Houston Ballet, she was featured in many works by world renowned choreographers including: George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Anthony Tudor, William Forsythe, Stanton Welch, Wayne McGregor, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato.

Emily Bowen

Emily Wiley was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. She received her dance training at Cumberland Dance Company in PA, the School of North Carolina Dance Theater (now Charlotte Ballet) and Houston Ballet Academy. While in Houston Ballet II, Emily competed in the prestigious Prix De Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. During her 10 year career as a performer with Houston Ballet, she was featured in many works by world renowned choreographers including: George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Anthony Tudor, William Forsythe, Stanton Welch, Wayne McGregor, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato. In 2013, she was one of the featured dancers in Jordan Matter’s print work Dancers Among Us photographed in New York City. After retiring from the stage in July 2016, Emily is excited to begin this new chapter in her ballet journey.
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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).
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Caitlynn Noltie

Originally, from Columbia, Missouri, Ms. Noltie has been dancing all styles of dance for 20 years. She has a degree in Marketing from Kansas State University where she was a member of the dance team.

Caitlynn Noltie

Ms. Noltie, from Columbia, Missouri, has been dancing and performing all styles of dance for over 20-years. Caitlynn was a member of Kansas State University's dance team where she also received her degree in Marketing, with a minor in Dance and a Certificate in Sports Marketing. Ms. Noltie is a Collegiate NDA National champion and currently a part of a professional dance team here in Charlotte.

Allie Schultz

From Concord, NC, Allie trained at Piedmont for twelve years. She is currently continuing her education at UNCC, where she is double majoring in Dance Education and Psychology, and dancing alongside the Charlotte Ballet.

Allie Schultz

Allie was born in Concord, NC, and danced with Piedmont School of Music & Dance under the guidance of Rebecca Massey Wiley, Daniel Wiley, Briana Rivers, and all the other wonderful past and present faculty for twelve years. She has performed soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and Cinderella, and taken part in performing company since the program was initiated in 2010. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to continue to pursue her love of teaching and performing dance. At the end of her time at UNCC, she will have a K-12 Dance Education licensure in North Carolina, and a degree in Dance Education and Psychology. She is also part of a highly selective and intensive program that partners with the Charlotte Ballet, where she will receive a Professional Training Certificate in Dance at the end of her first two years. Allie has three years of assistant teaching experience at Piedmont, and founded, led and choreographed for her Church’s Dance Team, Revival, for four years. She also created and led an elementary aged dance class for beginners at the Cabarrus County Boys and Girls Club during her sophomore year of high school. Allie is thankful for the opportunity to work with the incredible students at Piedmont School of Music & Dance and share her love of the art form!
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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.
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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.

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

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Concord/Kannapolis Studio

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