Meet the Faculty

Miguel Campaneria
Artistic Director

Mr. Campaneria was born in Cuba and was trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba underthe 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 also partnered with Alicia Alonso in Marguerite, Armand and other ballets.

Upon leaving Cuba, Mr. Campaneria 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.  In 2007 President Georg W. Bush appointed Mr. Campaneria to serve on the National Endowment of the Arts Council (NEA).

In August 2008, Mr. Campaneria was appointed the chair of dance at The Hartt School Community Division.

For over 20 years, Mr. Campaneria has been invited to Japan, 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.  In 2014, Mr. Campaneria provided the opportunity and selected top students to perform abroad, dancing leading roles that 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. In May of 2021, the school relocated to Apex, North Carolina.

Karen Olsen
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 Balanchine 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 prestigious 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 has three adult children.

Robin George
Ballet, Tap, Jazz; Mini Ballet Company Director

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 choreographer and performance company director. She has studied tap and jazz at Chi-Town Jazz Dance (Evanston, IL), Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center 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 three to eight. Robin’s teaching experience with Gulfshore Ballet in Ft. Myers Florida allowed her the opportunity to choreograph a holiday jazz performance piece for 6-10 year olds.  This performance was a collaboration between Gulfshore Ballet and the Southwest Florida Symphony.  She gained more experience as the primary instructor for Gulfshore’s Pre-Ballet program.  Upon arriving in Cary, Robin taught pre and beginner level ballet, jazz and tap classes at Cary Ballet Conservatory.  She was asked to join the 3D Jazz Project as a choreographer, and also updated children’s choreography for Cary Ballet’s Nutcracker production.

Beth Peele
Tap

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. Beth originally 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 pre-professional 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. She 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, their three teenagers, and crazy dog, Carl.

Brianna Cooper
Jazz and Contemporary

Brianna Cooper holds a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. During her time at ECU she performed in faculty works, student choreographed shows, ACDFA events, and with guest artists including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Madeline Reber. After graduating she continued her training at the American Dance Festival. For two years, she had the privilege to work with La Bella Vita Arts based in Livorno, Italy. She then performed for several years with Code f.a.d. Company, Natalie Marrone & The Dance Cure, and KT COLLECTIVE based in Raleigh/Durham, NC. Brianna currently performs with OM Grown Dancers, a contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director Courtney Owen-Muir.  

Brianna also has a passion for educating young dancers. She is currently the Jazz and Contemporary Director at Destiny Dance Institute, teaches Contemporary and Jazz for Campaneria Ballet School, and works as a freelance choreographer and instructor for other private studios throughout the region. She is also a pre-school dance instructor with Little People’s Creative Workshop. She has worked with undergraduate students as a guest instructor at The Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive and Duke University. She recently studied at Giordano Dance Chicago and became certified in the basic, beginning, and intermediate levels of the Giordano Jazz Technique through the Nan Giordano Certification Program. When she is not dancing, Brianna works in group fitness and as a certified Pilates Instructor, and holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. 

Callie Leinbach
Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Callie has been dancing for over 14 years.  She spent almost 10 years on a competitive dance team at another local studio before coming to Campaneria Ballet School in 2017 to receive a higher level of dance training.  Callie is currently in the pre-professional ballet program at Campaneria and is also a pre-professional contemporary dancer with TRAIN by Threehouse Studios in Durham.  

She trains for 30-35 hours per week in addition to teaching at both Campaneria Ballet School and Studio One Dance Center in Apex.  Callie also choreographs contemporary solos for other dancers.

Callie has competed in numerous competitions/conventions throughout the US over the years and through these competitions has received several exclusive invitations and scholarships. Those include Duncan Cooper’s Summer Dance Intensive in Tampa, FL, PowerPak by Starpower National Talent in Orlando, and Jon Lehrer’s Summer Dance Intensive in NYC.

Callie teaches ballet, tap and jazz for ages 2-6 at Campaneria Ballet School.