Brianna Cooper grew up training under Nina Wheeler in Durham, NC. Here she performed and competed as a member of the Company Dancers of Durham. She continued her dance education at East Carolina University, where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in both Jazz and Contemporary dance. She spent her four years here studying primarily under Tommi Galaska, Patti Weeks, Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Galina Panova, and Timour Bourtasenkov. During her time at ECU she was given the opportunity to perform in several faculty works and student choreographed shows, at multiple ACDFA regional events, and was fortunate enough to perform with several guest artists including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Madeline Reber. After graduating in 2011, she spent her summer training and performing at the American Dance Festival. For two years, she had the privilege to dance, study, and work with talented artists from the United States, Canada, and Europe through La Bella Vita Arts, which hosts the Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive in Livorno, Italy, each year. Brianna has also been working as a dance instructor and choreographer for pre-professional, competitive, and recreational dance students for the past five years throughout North Carolina. Over the past few years she has been recognized for her exceptional group choreography by several competition circuits, including Dance Troupe Inc. and Star Talent Productions. Currently she dances with Code F.A.D Company, under the direction of Autumn Mist Belk, based in Raleigh, NC. When she is not dancing Brianna also works as a certified Pilates Mat Instructor, and holds two certifications from The American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
Miguel Campaneria, Artistic Director
Beth Peele, Tap
Lynne Dahler, Ballet
Ms. Olsen received her ballet training at the School of American Ballet in New York City, where she attended on a Ford Foundation Scholarship for four years. There she studied under such ballet greats as Antonia Tumkovsky, Alexandra Danilova, Stanley Williams and Suki Shorer. Upon graduation she joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice where she performed in such Ballanchine ballets as Theme and Variations, Symphony in C, Jewels and others. Ms. Olson has performed in various cities across the U.S. and Europe and has appeared as guest artist with London Ballet Theatre, Maximum Dance Company and Miami Youth Ballet. For the past 25 years, Ms Olson has taught Ballet for various schools, including the prestigous Gulliver Academy. She designed the award winning preschool dance program in Dade County, Florida, for Headstart. Currently, Ms. Olson resides in Cary with her husband, Pat, and her three children.
Mr. Campaneria was born in Cuba and was trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba under the guidance of Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Azari Plisetski. He joined the National Ballet of Cuba and was promoted to soloist at the age of 17. He won the Bronze Medal in the Junior category at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He had also partnered Alicia Alonso in Marguerite and Armand and other ballets. Upon leaving Cuba, Mr. Campaneria has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Harkness Ballet, America Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballets de San Juan. Mr. Campaneria has over 45 years of dance experience as a Principal Dancer, guest artist, choreographer and artistic director in various well established ballet companies all over the world. He was nominated by the White House to serve on the National Endowment of the Arts Council (NEA) in 2007, appointed by President Bush. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and has been serving on the Council since. Mr. Campaneria has been invited to Japan for over 20 years, serving four schools as Artistic Advisor, coach, choreographer and selective liaison bringing professional artists from the U.S. to perform in his ballet productions in Japan. Additionally, Mr. Campaneria has been strategic in training talented international students from abroad in his programs here in the United States. Since 2010, Mr. Campaneria has been Artistic Director and Ballet Master coaching pre-professional students and professional dancers in the state of North Carolina. He currently has over twenty former students who are working in professional companies all around the world. Under his professional coaching, numerous students have competed in many world competitions and won top places in both Classical and Contemporary Ballet categories. In addition, he has been awarded “The Outstanding Teacher Award” by the Youth America Grand Prix in 2012 and 2013. Most recently, in 2014, Mr. Campaneria provided the opportunity and selected top students to perform abroad dancing leading roles, which provided not only invaluable dance experience and exposure to the students but tremendous personal cultural enrichment. In September 2015, Mr. Campaneria established a permanent home in his own school in Cary, North Carolina - Campaneria Ballet School.
Wei's Professional History includes:
1984-1990: Shenyang music dance academy
1990-1996: Soloist Liaoning Ballet
1996-1999: Principal Dance Guangzhou Ballet
1999-2001: Tulsa Ballet (Oklahoma)
2001-2002: Cincinnati Ballet (Ohio)
2002-2003: Pittsburgh Ballet (Pennsylvania)
2003-2009: Carolina Ballet (North Carolina)
Honors and awards
1988: Gold Medal France Lyons
International Ballet competition
1993: Second Place in China National Ballet
Competition Men’s Group
2009-2016: Assistant Director of North Carolina State Ballet
2009-current: Children and adult ballet teacher in Cary and Fayetteville, NC
Rachel Goldberg began her training in New Jersey at the Academy of Dance Arts studying RAD technique. She continued her studies at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL before receiving her BFA in Ballet from U. of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. While pursuing her degree, Rachel spent two years dancing with the Sarasota Ballet and an additional two in the corps de ballet after graduating. Rachel moved to North Carolina in August 2016 and now teaches ballet in the triangle area."Type your paragraph here.
Broadway and Equity National tours: Fosse (Steam Heat, Trumpet, Ann Reinking Dir), Chicago (Annie, Walter Bobbie Dir), Sweet Charity(Nickie, Wayne Cilento Choreographer), Pal Joey (Diane, Joe Mantello Dir, Graciela Daniele Choreo), A Chorus Line (Sheila, Mitzi Hamilton Dir) Regional Equity Theater: Steel Pier, A Chorus Line, (6 different productions as Cassie) with Baayork Lee, Kay Cole, Donna Drake Directors. Pre- Broadway workshops: Eves Turn (Eve),Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, (Ens) Off Broadway: NYMTFPlane Crazy (Shirley & assistant Choreographer), Camp Wanatachi(Aunty Jo). Television: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" with Antonio Banderas, "I Carly" (Nickelodeon). Kat Co-Choreographed 'Milord' solo with Labyrinth Dance Company and performed in the Edinburgh Festival 2011. In 2012 she played Nickie inSweet Charity and was associate choreographer with Randy Slovacek at the Lyric Theater, OK. Kat debuted and performed in her new piece, 'Wounded but not Hurt', with four gloriously talented and seasoned Broadway male dancers to critical acclaim in the 2013 performance of Dancers Over 40, 'The Story of Our Lives'. In 2013,14 and 2015 Kat was associate choreographer to Randy Slovacek at the Sacramnto Music Circus and played Hunyak in Chicago, laura (larry) in A Chorus Line and just recently Edna (Mayors Wife) in Bye bye Birdie. Kat was one of the stars in Tricia Brouks new musical smash hit 'Committed'. Kat is a company member of the Visible Ink patient writing program for cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Visible Ink allows patients to write about any topic of their choice, in any form â€“ memoir, fiction, personal essays, poetry, stage or screenplays, etc. - and be mentored by Emmy and Tony Award-winning writers, NY Times bestselling authors, and editors and writers from the nations most popular magazines. Each year an anthology is published of their works, and then selected works are chosen for a staged reading featuring actors, singers and dancers from film, television, and the Broadway stage. Kat is an original company member and has appeared in all six staged readings as an actress and as a dancer.
Kat has her own Branded workout (katMoJAM™) She filmed her first video KatMoJAM 'The Beginning' May 2012 and it is available on her website. KatMoJAM has been featured in Shape Magazine and on 'The Better Show'www.katmojam.com. Kat has taught all over the world. She traveled to Israel with a group of talented and dedicated dancers. She also has been guest teacher for the Summer Intensives at the school at Steps and American Academy of Ballet in Purchase College. Kat is currently working on a new up and coming Broadway bound show with the amazing Tricia Brouk, the working title is Carson the Musical. The life and times of Johnny Carson. With the help of her wonderful choreographers she hires Kat strives to create a professional safe environment for the dancers to learn how a professional company works. She contracts people who will challenge and prepare the dancers who wish to continue on into the field of professional performing.
Rachel Goldberg, Ballet, Ballet Company Assistant to the Director
Karen Olsen, Ballet
Erika Thompson, Hip Hop
Nichesa Jones is a graduate student from East Carolina University, with two Bachelors degrees in Dance Performance and Business Management. While studying at ECU, Nichesa focused mainly in the technique of modern/contemporary movement. In the 5 years of her education, Nichesa was able to train with Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, Galina Panova, John Dixon, Ji-jun, and Patti Weeks. Nichesa had the privilage of working with many guest artist like: Roni Koresh and the Koresh company members in "Standing in Tears", Lauren Edson in "Beneath the Surface", Patti Weeks in "Are Hearts are Young", John Dixon in "Muddy Waters", Joe-Joe Grooves in "Meraki Funk", and Joseph Cotler. Since graduation, Nichesa has had the honor of attending many workshops and intensives from Koresh Dance Company members, Jon Ole Ostad at Peridance NYC, and Visceral Dance. Also, she is currently a principal/soloist in a brand new contemporary company called OMGrown.
Erika has been teaching all styles of dance for many years. She has been trained by Nina Wheeler, Julie Walters, Kirstie Spadie, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and various teachers from Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
Steven James Rodriguez Velez, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern
Laura Young, Boston Ballet
Kathryn Murphy, Jazz Director, KATMOJAM
Wei Ni, Ballet
Steven was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto. He started his first practice of movement when he studied karate, judo, kung fu and specialized in khata; he became a black belt at age of 13. Steven quickly discovered that movement was going to he his passion and transitioned to dance, shortly after. He moved to San Juan in 2004 where he studied dance and theater at the University of Puerto Rico Piedras. It was here that he discovered his passion for contemporary dance, while working under Petra Bravo, a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Piedras and founder of the contemporary HINCAPIE. By joining HINCAPIE, Steven was able to dance in the fesitval, Fiestas Coreograficas, which allows for students to develop into choreographers and present their upcoming works. There is was able to perform in pieces by Petra Bravo, Norberto Collazo, Viveca Vasquez, as well as, his own work. In 2006, he choreographed his first piece called "Sin sentido un suspiro". In 2007, he choreographed, "Vagabundo" and in 2009 he choreographed, "Desmembrada", which is based on the brutal, true story that resulted in the horrific death of a friend. HINCAPIE created the oppportunity for Steven to develop as a choreographer and dancer and work with great Puerto Rican choreographers not only in Puerto Rico, but all over South America. In 2009, he joined the company ANDANZA which allowed him to dance the repertory of many choreographers from Puerto Rico, Spain, Brazil, Canada and many other. Beyond being a company member, he was also a teacher in the school of Andanza and several other establishments.
Karemia began her ballet training when she was six years old at Alicia Alonso’s School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba. She studied under the direction of Fernando Alonso and Madame Fedorova from 1956-1959 and was offered a scholarship to dance in Russia. She attended the School of Teaching and Choreography at the Bolshoi Theatre where she graduated with a diploma in Artist of Ballet. While in Russia she worked with Ala M. Lenina, Ludmilla S. Litavskina, Zdanov Rixter and had the privledge to work under the direction of Leonid Lavoroski and Sofia N. Galovskina. Karemia returned to Cuba where she was offered a contract to dance in the National Ballet of Cuba. Her repertoire included Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, La Fille mal gardee and many more. While at the National Ballet of Cuba she toured Cuba, Hungary, Romania and Mexico. After touring the world she returned to Cuba and dedicated herself to teaching and studied Methodology at the Cuban School of Ballet. After graduating, Karemia returned to the National Ballet of Cuba as a Ballet Mistress and prepared several principal dancers to compete in the National Ballet Competition VARNA in Bulgaria and Moscow. She has worked with the artistic directors from the Mexico Ballet, Institute Theatre in Spain, The International Competition in Germany, The National Ballet of Spain and as a Ballet Mistress and advisor in Argentina with Teatro Colon. Karemia’s many accomplishments include: the rights (given by Alicia Alonso) to set the Cuban version of Don Quixote, coaching guest artists coming to Cuba to dance in the festivals, invited to Spain by principal dancer, Victor Ullate, Ballet Mistress at Bejary Ballet in Belgium, freelance ballet mistress and teacher in Switzerland, Italy, Spain and France, helped create IT DANZA in Barcelona Spain, promoted to the highest level of specialty; Maitre de Ballet in Cuba. Karemia has dedicated her thesis to the Cuba Ballet School and received an award in Spain for setting the Cuban version of Giselle. In 2005 she was invited by Teatro Colon from Argentina to set the version of La Silfhide and hired by Julio Bocca (formerly ABT principal dancer) from the Ballet of Argentina to be Assistant Director and Ballet Mistress . In 2008 Karemia was hired by Angel Corella (former ABT dancer) to participate in the inauguration of his ballet company in Segovia, Spain. In 2010 she worked at the Opera Theatre in Innsbruck, Austria and then returned to Argentina to set Ballet Manon. She had the opportunity to work with Karl Burnet who reset Max Millans choreography. Karemia spent 2015 and 2016 teaching master classes for teachers of Methodology at the Cuba Ballet School. Over the years Karemia has coached: Alicia Alonso, Jorge Esquivel, Vladimir Vasiliev, Ekatherina Maximova, Menia Martinez, Josefina Mendez, Jose Luis Zamorano, Loipa Araujo, Fernando Jhones , Lazaro Carreno, Caridad Martinez, Lourdes Novoa, Ana Lobe, Carlos Acosta, Cristina Alvarez, Rosario Suarez, Lienz Chang, Andres Williams, Julio Arozarena, Silvie Reynaux, Laura Urdapilleta, Susana Benavides, Carlos Lopez, Burton Taylor, Anne Marie D’Angelo, Julio Bocca, Maximiliano Guerra, Paloma Herrera, Raul Candal, Silvia Vasiliev, Graciela Sultanik, Guido de Benedetti, Ceclia Mengeles, Raquel Rosetti, Eleonora Cassano, Cecilia Figaredo, Liliana Belfiore, Cecilia Kerche, Trinidad Sevillano, Arantxa Arguelles, Carmen Paris, Raul Tino, Ricardo Franco. Dancers that she provided intense coaching to are Jose Carreno, Tamara Rojo, Angel Corella, Lucia Lacarra, Jesus Pastor, Ruth Maroto, Ana Noya, Eduardo Lao, Rosa Ochoa, Igor Yebra, Maria Gimenez, Carlos Lopez, Carmen Corella, Herman Cornejo, Natalia Tapia, Adiarys Almeida, Cristina Casas, Nacho Duato, Catherine Allard, Tony Fabre, Antonio Marquez, Angel Rojas, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Jose Cruz and Lidia Bustinduy.
Robin has been a student of tap, jazz and ballet since the age of four. She grew as a dancer in her home studio from a student, to teacher’s assistant, and onto becoming a teacher/choreographer and performance company director. She has studied tap and jazz at Chi-Town Jazz Dance (Evanston, IL), Gus Girodano Jazz Dance Center (Evanston, IL), as well as attending annual national workshops and conventions. Her journeys have taken her to several highly respected studios in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida where she gained more experience as a director and instructor/choreographer with particular focus on ages 3-8. Robin’s most recent teaching experience was with Gulfshore Ballet in Ft. Myers, Florida, where she taught ballet, tap and jazz. She was the primary instructor for their very successful Pre-Ballet program. Choreography credits include several award winning jazz and tap pieces. Most recently she choreographed a jazz production piece for 6-10 year olds as part of holiday concert event with the Southwest Florida Symphony.
Lynne Daehler has been teaching classical ballet for more than 30 years. Her training began in the Detroit area with a strong emphasis on the Cecchetti syllabus. While a student of molecular biology at the University of Michigan, she continued to train and to perform in the Ann Arbor area. Her interest in teaching intensified when she had the opportunity to study for several years with Jürgen Schneider and Janina Cunovas in their Vaganova teacher-training program. In 1995, Ms. Daehler moved to Portsmouth, Ohio where, in addition to teaching ballet classes at Shawnee State University, she founded a successful ballet studio, which she operated for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching at BalletMet, Ms. Daehler teaches at various studios in southern Ohio and at the Summer Intensive Program at Dance Arts of Chelsea/Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan. Ms. Daehler’s professional background in science has led her to explore the integration of human physiology and psychology with the study of dance. She continues to study with innovative dance educators such as Deborah Vogel, neuromuscular educator, and Lisa Howell, dance physiotherapist. Her goal is to encourage students to discover both the art and science of ballet.Type your paragraph here.
Nichesa Jones Ballet, Contemporary, Modern
Karemia Moreno, Ballet Mistress & Master Teacher
Robin George, Ballet, Tap, Jazz
Brianna Cooper, Ballet, Contemporary, Pilates
Beth Peele received her B.S. in Dance Education from UNC-Greensboro. She has taught dance in the greater Raleigh area since 1996. Beth is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance, but tap is her specialty. She enjoys combining her love of both dance and music in the rhythmic, percussive dance form. Her classes incorporate various styles of tap from Broadway style to rhythm tap and hoofing. Her students are encouraged to find their own personal tap style, challenge themselves technically, and to gain the confidence to experiment with tap improvisation. Originally from Pennsylvania, the Joan Harris Centre dance studio was her second home throughout her childhood. After high school, Beth attended Temple University as a dance major. While a student there, she was accepted into the Philadanco apprentice company with a full scholarship to study ballet and Horton technique at their school. After moving to NC and graduating from UNCG, she taught ballet and modern dance at a high school in High Point, NC before moving to Raleigh. Beth was the tap director at Pierrette Sadler Danceurs Studio in Raleigh for ten years, where she trained hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in dance. Beth has been a guest tap artist, judged national dance competitions, and received awards for her tap choreography. She lives in Cary with her husband, Chris, and their three children.