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Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy

CFPAA

Carolina Christmas Spectacular: Featuring CFPAA students performing right alongside professional entertainers for a seamless, professional level production! View some of it here. Purchse your tickets by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button above. 

Tickets to Carolina Christmas Spectacular go on sale November 1st! Click the "Buy Tickets" above for direct access, and take a momet to check out some of last year's show at this link.

 
 

Jessica Peyton-Office Staff

MaryCait Jones: Multi Genre Instructor: Discover Dance, Minis Dance, Tap, Adult Dance

The CFPAA Staff consists of the most highly trained and experienced professionals in the Pee Dee Area. At CFPAA, each instructor either holds a college degree in dance, and/or has extensive experience as a professional dancer. After reading their bios, we think you will agree this is a first class staff.

Bryan Beaman-Co Owner and Artistic Director, Productions Executuve Producer, Instructor with Specialization in Jazz

Marsha Roberts-Lead Tumbling in Dance Coach

Heather Tropauer-Administrative Assistant

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.

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.

Jessica Peyton was born and raised in Staten Island, NY, and has the personality to prove it! She received her B.A. in History from Catholic University of America in our nation's capital. She continued her studies at Coastal Carolina University, where she earned her MAT in Social Studies. Ms. Peyton enjoys dishing up life lessons both as a 6th grade teacher and as a coach on the lacrosse field. Ms. Peyton is excited to be a part of the CFPAA family.

Honorary Staff Member: Laura Schaefer. In 2009, Laura and husband Paul entered into a business partnership with Bryan and Joey. For seven years, she worked tirelessly to get CFPAA off its feet and thriving. She is part of CFPAA's success, and she will forever hold a piece of CFPAA's heart.

Ms. Stephanie Cappello 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.

Laura Schaefer-Honorary Staff

Diane Archer-Stage Manager of all Productions

Megan Curtis is a  singer-dancer from Myrtle Beach, SC who has grown up with performing in her blood. Megan's love for the art grew strong over the years watching her parents perform and witnessing their passion first hand. Megan began her career at the young age of 15 when she performed as a dancer in a show for Steve Gatlin and Friends at the Forum Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC.  A year later at the age of 16, she moved her career north and performed as a dancer in the popular show at the Alabama Theater in North Myrtle Beach. At the age of 17, Megan  began a 3 1/2 year venture in Surfside Beach, SC in the Legends In Concert, where she performed as both a singer and a dancer., Megan again moved north bringing her career to the immaculate productions at The Carolina Opry. She has remained at the Opry for the past several years and has served as dance captain and assistant choreographer there.   Her husband Mike is a member of All That, who have appeared as finalists on America’s Got Talent as well as being a staple at the Carolina Opry for several years now.  They have two daughters: Mia who attends CFPAA, and Madilyn.

A seventh generation Texan, Mollie began dancing at an early age and has trained and performed across the United States with Houston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, The School of American Ballet in New York City and numerous other entertainment productions. Honored with many national awards and scholarships in all dance styles, Mollie is excited to have the opportunity to come home to Myrtle Beach and perform at The Calvin Gilmore Theater! Mollie enjoys teaching the Art of Ballet to young and aspiring dancers through ballet technique and artistry! 

BIo Coming Soon

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 was in two ballet intensive summer workshops with The Dance Theater of Harlem. Erica has performed with The Alexandria Ballet and with The Latin Ballet of Virginia. In 2003, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and Choreography from Virginia . Commonwealth University, along with her Dance Masters of America Teaching Certification.  Erica went on to travel the world and dance with Princess Cruises where she met her husband, who is also an entertainer. 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 CFPAA’s official Ballet Mistress. Her husband Nick made it to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent and continues to tour campuses around the United States with his act. Erica co-choreographed Myrtle Beach Entertainment and Production’s first professionally cast musical revue, One Night Only!  Erica is also Co-Choreographer and Assistant Director for our annual Holiday Smash Hit, Carolina Christmas Spectacular!

Theresa 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 couple of years. 

Born with incredible unharnessed powers, Joseph was taken under the wing of a world renown grandmaster of many art forms. There at the temple, he proved to be a very prodigious student, mastering magical mysticism during his first year. He learned to control his wild energies and finally controlling the dragon within himself. With one more ultimate challenge, he dethrones his mentor and stands on top of the world as the universal grandmaster. He travels the earth battling monsters and evils, keeping balance between the realms....

 

But really:

 

- Legends in Concert dancer

- training in Cirque 

- reigned in from Charleston

- husky owner

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 Hunstville, AL. She also teaches at Celebration Presbyterian 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.

Bio Coming Soon

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.

Joey Trail-Co Owner and General Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Director Of Scheduling, Marketing, Advertising, Website Engineer

Erica Pike-Lead Tap Instructor; Assistant Director and Co-Choreographer CCS. 

Kris Rice-Merchandise Coordinator, Office

Chelsea Ashton-Instructor: All Genres

Megan Curtis-Instructor All Genres

Stephanie Cappello-Independent Instructor of Voice, Piano, Acting. Musical Director of Broadway Bound Elite

Mollie Daniel-Lead Instructor-Ballet Intensives

Kim Falvey-Master Ballet Instructor of CFPAA

Jackie Masiello-Instructor, All Genres 

Joseph Nguyen-Lead Hip Hop Instructor, Specialization-Circus Skills

Reeci Pallotta-Instructor All Genres, Co-Choreographer HSC Pre Show

Kim Rothberg-Assistant Stage Manager of all Productions

Gary Granchelli-Studio Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor

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 loves to share her passion for dance and is very excited to join the award winning 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.

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 receive

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.  

For the 2017-18 school year, Trail leaves Forestbrook Middle School, where he served as Department Chair for English, to Conway Middle School where he will serve as the Instructional Coach.Trail serves as Co-Owner and General Manager for CFPAA.

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