CFPAA opened its doors in August 0f 2009. In just seven short years, CFPAA student enrollment grew more than 600 % its first three years business, 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 30 alumni that are actively working as professionals in the world of entertainment and cite CFPAA as a major 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. Petite Dancer of America, National Mr. Junior Dancer of America, Miss Dance America, and National Miss Photgenic. Several CFPAA students have won full scholarships to colleges based on their dance ability as well as for participation in training at the Joffrey School of Ballet. But most importantly, CFPAA has become one large family, a community of people with a shared vision in how to develop not only the trained, technical dancer, but the spirit of that chlld as well.
Jessica Lee Carr was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC. She graduated from Horry Georgetown Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in the Arts. Jessica has 19 years of dance training, eight of them being with her Alma Mater, Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy! She has performed locally as a dancer in Carolina Christmas Spectacular, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Miserable, and made her singing debut as Meg Giry in Phantom Of The Opera. Jessica works as a Assistant to the Choreographer for the long-time national champion Showcase Show Choir of Carolina Forest High School. She is also the Lead Choreographer for both Intermediate Spotlights Show Choir at Carolina Forest High School, and the show choirs at Loris High School. Carr has choreographed Mary Poppins and worked as Assistant Choreographer for Anything Goes and West Side Story. Carr has trained and worked with CFPAA Director Bryan Beaman for over ten years. Carr has also performed with Legends in Concert as a lead dancer. We are ecstatic to welcome Jessica Carr back to CFPAA, and this time, as a highly qualified, Professional Instructor! Carr began a soft start with CFPAA this summer, and the sentiments of the parents and students have been among the best we have ever heard!
Gary and Gail recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary, and along with their daughter Kayla have been with CFPAA since 2009. In addition to holding SC State Masters Licenses in both plumbing and electrical, Gary is also a SC State Licensed home builder and residential home inspector and a member of the HGHBA. Gary has been in business on the Grand Strand for more than 30 years.
The Granchellis are also Crystal Benefactors for the 2018-19 Season, with their donation making it possible for some students to train who otherwise could not.
Heather attended college in New York and earned a degree in Graphic Design/Advertising Technology. She worked in New York for a sign company for 12 years before relocating to Myrtle Beach in 2000. While raising two daughters, Heather and husband Rob own and operate a ceramic tile business. Her oldest daughter Jaime, lives in Charleston, and youngest daughter Nicole, recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University. We are so blessed to have Heather as part of the CFPAA family. She is like a mom to all of us, and she never lets things get to her. She is a role model for all of us at CFPAA. She has truly been priceless, and we hope she will be around CFPAA for a long time.
Heather currently serves as the Pro Tem General Manager of CFPAA.
Ms. Stephanie Cappello is an Independent Contractor for CFPAA. She has a degree from New York University in Drama/Musical Theater. She attended Tisch School of the Arts and spent four years at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Television (method acting!). When she graduated, she taught Drama at a Theater camp and had her own private piano students for thirteen years before moving to Myrtle Beach. Some of Stephanie's performance credits include:
Joey and Maria's Italian Wedding for Laugh Out Loud Productions; Ophelia in Hamlet for NYU; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for NYU; Babe in Pajama Game for NYU; performed in Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair; performed in Elbow Room for Barry Walters Productions; performed as Teresa in Italian-American Reconciliation; appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show and Roseanne.
MaryCait Jones has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Her passion grew and evolved until she owned her own studio in Pennsylvania. While in high school, she was the choreographer for the first-year High School licensing performance of Les Miserables for New York producer Cameron Mackintosh. MaryCait has achieved an Associates degree in Small Business Management along with completing teacher training with Dance Masters of America. Ultimately owning her own studio, she has taught all age groups and levels, from the mini’s to adult advanced classes. She has vast experience in teaching ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, acro and stretch. MaryCait has performed with dancers from the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Dance Company while performing around the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York area. MaryCait heads up and directs our annual Miniz Holidayz Exhibition at CFPAA.
Chelsea Ashton-Waters is a teacher, choreographer and equity performer who has danced commercially across the U.S.. Originally from Richardson, TX, Chelsea pursued her passion for dance at Oklahoma City University. At OCU, Chelsea was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company and a featured performer in their Student Choreography Show all four years, as well as being an Audition Studio Manager at OCU and an Intern at Oklahoma City Ballet. Chelsea began her professional career as a Partner Dancer/Fire Ballet Queen for TEXAS, after which she became the Lead Magic Assistant in The World of Magic with David Thomas and Julie and Annabelle in Character Tales at Frontier City Theme Park.
After graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University, she relocated to Tampa to be with her now husband and continue performing. Through Busch Gardens, Chelsea has been privileged to dance in Fiends, Jimmy Osmond's Christmas Jukebox, Born to Rock, and Christmas Celebration. At Walt Disney World, Chelsea was an Equity Dancer in Dream Along with Mickey! Chelsea has also been featured in a number of commercial productions across the U.S as well. Chelsea also danced nightly at the Alabama Theater in the show ONE. In addition to teaching at CFPAA, Chelsea is also an instructor at Coastal Carolina University in their Dance Department.
Jackie is a veteran to the world of professional dance. Having extensive training from a young age, and enhanced training from Broadway Dance Center and Los Angeles's Edge Performing Arts Center, Jackie has performed in several productions in Las Vegas. Shows include Show in the Sky at the Rio Hotel Casino and the "V" Show and the Nathan Burton Comedy Magic at Planet Hollywood Casino. Jackie has also performed in the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, Cowboys Halftime Christmas Spectacular, Miss Missouri Pageant, and in the Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet. Television appearances include America's Got Talent, Billboard Music Awards, Cotton Bowl Parade & Halftime, Indy 500, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. She has coached and taught for the National Miss America Pageant as well as Kilgore College. Jackie currently attends Coastal Carolina University pursuing a degree in education while being a wife to Carolina Christmas Spectacular vocalist Michael Masiello, and mom to Baby Michael and Isabella!
Erica Pike earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, along with her Dance Masters of America Teaching Certification. She was honored to be in two ballet intensive summer workshops with The Dance Theater of Harlem and to perform with The Alexandria Ballet and with The Latin Ballet of Virginia. Erica went on to travel the world and dance with Princess Cruises where she met her husband, Nick, who is also an entertainer that made it to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent and continues to tour campuses around the United States with his act. She danced for many seasons at The Carolina Opry in The Carolina Opry Live and Good Vibrations shows before becoming a mother to Izzy and an instructor for the nationally award winning Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy. Erica co-choreographed Myrtle Beach Entertainment and Production’s first professionally cast musical revue, One Night Only, and she was also the Co-Director and Co-Choreographer for the 2017 production of the annual holiday hit, Carolina Christmas Spectacular.
Reeci knew from an early age that she had a passion for dance and would want to share that love by teaching. Theresa graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from University of North Carolina. Charlotte, with relevant courses in Choreography and Ballet Pedagogy. Theresa has years of experience teaching ages two-eighteen in multiple genres, including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. Her competitive choreography has received high marks as well as placing in the top overalls. In 2016, Theresa was honored to receive a Best Choreography Award. Theresa has assisted in the choreography and staging of High Steppin' Country Pre-show for the past few years, and has quickly worked her way up the ranks to hold the position of Company Manager for CFPAA.
Stephen Williams was born and raised in Conway, SC and started performing in 6th grade where he played the role of Bert Healy in Annie. After that, he continued in theatre, playing roles in Peter Pan and starring in The Music Man. At Carolina Forest High School, Stephen was a member of the CFHS Showcase Show Choir all four years and also served as dance captain for two of those years. Stephen really got serious about dancing when he was cast as a dancer in CFHS productions of Oklahoma and Aida. Stephen also starred in CATS while at CFHS.
Stephen has trained in Jazz under Bryan Beaman and received a scholarship to Winthrop University. He has performed professionally at Freestyle Music Park in Flip 5 Live. He also starred in, and was dance captain for, High Steppin Country, Myrtle Beach’s longest running show! Stephen has choreographed and worked with the Socastee Singers at Socastee High School. He has been a summer counselor at the famous Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg, New York. In addition, Stephen exploded the stage as a dancer/singer with Myrtle Beach Entertainment and Production's One Night Only musical!
An alum of CFPAA, Williams has gone on to work professionally for Princess Cruises as a production dancer as well as Universal Studios. Each summer, he travels to New York where he serves as the Assistant Dance Specialist for the beautiful and well renowned Camp Echo Lake.
Kris is originally from the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Oregon and graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. She worked for Nike, Inc for 8 years designing and constructing the apparel for Nike’s athletes. Kris and her husband moved to California where they lived for 10 years working and raising their two children. They moved to Myrtle Beach in 2013 and have never looked back. They love the East Coast and the opportunities that Myrtle Beach has brought to their children. She has an extensive background working in Customer Service and strives to provide the same great experience to our parents and students. A very interesting bit of trivia about Kris is that she was a ballerina for 15 years. Auditioned with the Portland Ballet Company.
Marsha Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Coastal Carolina University. She has extensive experience in coaching tumbling as well as cheerleading. Ms. Marsha was a team member at the Russellville Gymnastics Academy in Franklin, TN for three years. She also interned as a Gymnastics coach at Middle TN State University under Coach Gary Woodlee. In addition, she was an instructor and All Star Cheerleading Coach for 8 years at Tumblebeez in AL. She also teaches at Celebration resbyterian School. We are so happy to have Ms. Marsha to head up our tumbling program here at CFPAA, and her coaching has enhanced our competitive dance troupes immensely. Marsha has one son, Dylan, who attends Clemson University.
Kim Rothberg was raised in Horry County and is a graduate of Carolina Forest High School. She attended Coastal Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Kim has taught at Carolina Forest Elementary for 10 years, where she teaches fifth grade. She is a Robotics and Rubik's Cube team coach, as well as an assistant for her school's yearly musical productions. Kim was a South Carolina finalist for the Presidential Award in Mathematics Teaching in 2016. She is the proud mother of one son, Connor, who enjoys singing, dancing, and computer gaming. Kim is very thankful to be a part of the CFPAA family.
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. 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 is responsible for charting and sponsoring the first chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts in the region, and has led the charge of bringing national arts standards for dance to CFPAA through a partnership with the Naitonal Dance Educator Organization. While serving as Director of Operations for CFPAA, the academy has won the Spirit of Encore Award as well as the Studio of Excellence Award, a national honor for select studios by the National Associaton of Dance Competitions and Conventions.
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.