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Meet the Owners: Joey Trail and Bryan Beaman

Bryan Beaman: Co-Owner and Director

Under the direction and Co-Ownership of Bryan Beaman, CFPAA opened its doors in August 0f 2009. In just seven short years, CFPAA student enrollment has grown more than 600%, necessitating two expansions, one of which led CFPAA to the building it rests in today, a building specifically designed for and owned by CFPAA. During this time, CFPAA has consistently been named Best Dance Studio from the viewers of WMBF News as well as the readers of the Carolina Forest Chronicle. CFPAA has produced more than twelve alumni that are actively working as professionals in the world of entertainment and cite CFPAA as the reason for that. In addition, CFPAA has won countless regional, state, and national titles including Best Overalls in Small and Large Groups in Small and Large, Best Choreography, Mr. National Dance, Miss Dance America.  Several CFPAA students have won full scholarships to college based on their dance ability as well as for participation in training at the Joffrey School of Ballet. But most importantly, under his direction, CFPAA has become one large family, a community of people with a shared vision of how to develop the spirit of a child and not just the technician.  

In addition to his directorship of CFPAA, Bryan Beaman is a professional director, producer, choreographer, dancer, and singer who trained at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as well as East Carolina University. As a performer, he toured throughout the US and overseas with the Broadway Company of A Chorus Line, as well as performing at Fiesta Texas and Disney World. BHe has worked with the renowned Radio City Rockettes, Steve Gatlin, Rosie O’Donnell, and the World Famous Platters. Beaman has spent numerous years choreographing for Kennedy Entertainment for various cruise lines around the world, including the legendary QEII, the Carolina Opry’s Mainstage Show and Good Vibrations From 2001-2005 in Myrtle Beach, PG Productions, Myrtle Beach Chevrolet’s Commercial Productions, and Starlite Entertainment’s Lost in the 50s with the World Famous Platters in Branson, MI. Beaman has choreographed numerous national award winning pieces for the CFHS Show Case Show Choir, including selections from Rent, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, and Tarzan. This choir has consistently been honored as Best Show Choir, and receiving Best Choreography at every National event they attend. Beaman choreographed the musical CATS and Drowsy Chaperone for Carolina Forest High, in which his work received critical state wide acclaim. For several years now, he has choreographed and staged High Steppin Country, Myrtle Beach’s longest running show. Beaman was also in charge of the direction and choreography of the professional commercial productions for Myrtle Beach Chevrolet. Beaman brings to any production extensive knowledge in all genres of dance, and even more knowledge in the area of professional performance.

Joey Ray Trail-Co Owner and Operations Manager

Mr. Joey Trail was the 2015-16 Horry County Schools District Teacher of the Year and went on to be named  a South Carolina Honor Roll Teacher for being named South Carolina Teacher of the Year-Top Five for 2016-17.  In 2015, he received the state Leadership Development Award from the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English, and in 2014, was named Regional Teacher of the Year by Barnes and Noble.  Most recently, Trail was featured as one of ten teachers across the United States in a national report on Blended Learning, something he has served in leadership on from the school to state level. Trail also served on the HCEC Committee to determine which curriculum would best suit their needs; has served on the ELA Curriculum Committee and Ed Tech Task Force for multiple years. For the summer of 2017, his research and work were commissioned by the district to assist middle school ELA teachers district wide in their efforts to use data driven instruction through differentiation in preparation for MAP and state assessments.

Trail graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in middle level education. Three short years later, he became a Board Member of the Coastal Carolina University Board of Visitors.

    Before entering public education, Trail had garnered seventeen years of professional experience in entertainment. A former Wesleyan Scholar, he was named National Male Vocalist in 1994, and was the top scoring finalist in the Silver Wings Recording Contract Contest held in Nashville.  Joey Ray held the starring role in the national tour of Lost in the Fifties. He was a featured vocalist and dancer at the Carolina Opry in The Carolina Opry Live and Good Vibrations shows for five years before spending two years in Branson, Missouri, performing with Starlite Entertainment and the World Famous Platters. Joey Ray also performed with Steve Gatlin in Celebrate America, and Big Band Swing. He has traveled to over twenty three countries performing for various cruise lines, including Holland America and American-Hawaii Cruises, where he received critical acclaim with his cabaret, A Salute to Duke Ellington. He played Lamar in Godspell, Bully in Up from Slime, and a featured vocalist and tapper in Sophisticated Ladies. Joey Ray has appeared on WSLS/NBC, TNN, and RFD-TV. His proudest performance moment was getting the opportunity to sing with Patti Labelle. Trail has guest starred in A Night with Joe Garrell and Friends at the Theatre of the Republic, as well as starring in Amazing Grace-A Gospel Celebration at Charleston Music Hall. Joey Ray was the lead singer of the band Diversity, contracted with Beach House Entertainment for two years. Trail is a well known event adjudicator,  judging numerous school and regional talent competitions,  the Miss Sun Fun Pageant, a preliminary pageant to Miss South Carolina USA and Miss USA as well as the Miss North Carolina, USA Pageant.  

Trail was responsible for opening the first chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in the region and has led the charge of bringing standardized dance instruction to the Pee Dee through a partnership with the Naitonal Dance Educator Organization. In addition to his role at CFPAA, Trail serves as an Instructional Coach for Horry County Schools as well as a Teacher Recruitment Team Leader for the district. This year, Trail is proud to serve once agian on the Teacher of the Year Committee as well as the Coastal Carolina University's Board of Visitors.