Dance School Faculty

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, Hungarian National Ballet, The Juilliard School, Charlotte Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Hartford Ballet, American Reparatory Ballet and West Australian Ballet. In addition to their performance experience, PSMD’s instructors have had a wealth of experience in teaching positions 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.

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  • Daniel Wiley

    Co – Director

    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.

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  • Briana Beamon

    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.

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  • Emily Bowen

    Upon graduation Ms. Bowen received a contract to join Houston Ballet. There she was nominated by the company to compete in the prestigious dance competition Prix De Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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  • Kristin Chester

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

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  • 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.

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  • Laura Dearman

    Through the Professional Training Certificate Program, Miss Dearman has had the opportunity to train, rehearse and perform with a professional company and receive instruction from NYC Ballet alumna Patricia McBride.

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  • Michayla Dunne

    Trained at  The Rock School for Dance Education, The Harid Conservatory, The Boston Ballet, The American Repertory Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet (NYC), where she was promoted as a trainee in 2011.

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  • Grace Hartford

    Originally from Spartanburg, Grace graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with minor studies in education.

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  • Caroline Magyar

    Began her classical ballet training at the age of 12 at Charlotte Ballet Academy (North Caroline Dance Theater) and was taught by NYCB alumna Patricia McBride, Mark Diamond, Kathryn Moriarty, and Kati Hanlon Mayo.

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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.

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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.”

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  • Morgan Wilson

    From Salisbury spent her high school years training at Piedmont School of Music & Dance, where she is excited to rejoin as a faculty member. Morgan received her BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory.

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Our dance school’s incomparable faculty have been joined by the ranks of guest teachers from the likes of Juilliard, major metropolitan dance theatre groups and many Broadway productions. As a group, PSMD’s faculty members adhere to the School syllabus, while bringing their unique background to the dance studio, giving students as young as three to our pre-professionals, a broad background to meet the demands of the ever changing dance community.