Melissa Hale Coyle grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she received her early training from Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin. She studied as a scholarship student for two summers at American Ballet Theatre with Leon Danelion and Patricia Wilde. After graduating from high school, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a company member for three years. Coyle later joined Cincinnati Ballet Company where she performed in principal roles and Tulsa Ballet Theatre where she was a principal dancer for six years. For the past 26 years, Coyle has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is on the faculty and Artistic Director of the Ballet Program at Sullivan Dance Centre, Co- Artistic Director of Charlotte City Ballet Company and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the past 16 years. She has been on the faculty for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in Alabama for 12 years, has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program and a company teacher for North Carolina Dance Theatre(Charlotte Ballet). She has been a guest choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Dance Collective, Ballet San Antonio, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Lawrence Ballet Theatre, South Carolina’s Governors Summer School and Orange County Performing Arts High School. Coyle has appeared in two movies, “The Turning Pointe” and “The Cowboy and the Ballerina”. In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Coyle “Best Dance Teacher of North Carolina”.
Lisa Leone began her training in Tacoma, WA under Jan Collum. After dancing the role of Cinderella in Washington, the choreographer, Tom Pazik, director of Atlanta Ballet II, invited her to study in Atlanta. After graduating from high school Lisa danced with the Atlanta Ballet and Ballet Rotaru, touring Romania and performing at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. For three years Ms. Leone moved back to the West Coast and danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the Direction of James Canfield. After relocating to NC she continued to perform as a guest artist. In addition to being Co-Director of the Charlotte City Ballet Company, Lisa is on the faculty at The Sullivan Dance Centre. Ms. Leone also enjoys the opportunity to work with other dancers and has guest taught in Washington State and throughout the Southeast.