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Miguel Campaneria
Artistic Director, Ballet Master

Mr. Campaneria was born in Cuba and was trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba under the 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 had also partnered Alicia Alonso in Marguerite and Armand and other ballets.  Upon leaving Cuba,  Mr. Campaneria has 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.  He was nominated by the White House to serve on the National Endowment of the Arts Council (NEA) in 2007, appointed by President Bush.  He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and has been serving on the Council since.  Mr. Campaneria has been invited to Japan for over 20 years, 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.  Most recently, in 2014, Mr. Campaneria provided the opportunity and selected top students to perform abroad dancing leading roles, which 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.

Wei Ni
Ballet

Wei's Professional History includes:
1984-1990: Shenyang music dance academy
1990-1996: Soloist Liaoning Ballet
1996-1999: Principal Dance Guangzhou Ballet
1999-2001: Tulsa Ballet (Oklahoma)
2001-2002: Cincinnati Ballet (Ohio)
2002-2003: Pittsburgh Ballet (Pennsylvania)
2003-2009: Carolina Ballet (North Carolina)
Honors and awards
1988: Gold Medal France Lyons
International Ballet competition
1993: Second Place in China National Ballet
Competition Men’s Group
Teaching Experience:
2009-2016: Assistant Director of North Carolina State Ballet
2009-current: Children and adult ballet teacher in Cary and Fayetteville, NC

Lynne Daehler
Ballet

Lynne Daehler is a native of Detroit, Michigan and began her early training in the Detroit area with a strong emphasis on the Cecchetti syllabus. She later attended the University of Michigan, receiving a degree in molecular biology, and continued to train and perform in the Ann Arbor area.  Her interest in teaching intensified when she had the opportunity to study for several years with Jürgen Schneider and Janina Cunovas in their teacher-training program. Lynne has also received certification in the American Ballet Theatre Training Curriculum. In 1995 Lynne moved with her family to Portsmouth, Ohio. She began teaching classes at Shawnee State University and surrounding studios and eventually opened her own studio which she operated for 10 years. In 1996 Lynne met Yoko Ichino and was given the opportunity to work with the syllabus Yoko implemented at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. In 1997 Lynne joined the ballet faculty at BalletMet and continued to teach there using Yoko’s syllabus and the ABT syllabus until moving to Cary, North Carolina in 2017.

Lynne’s professional background in science has led her to explore the integration of human physiology and psychology with the study of dance. Lynne continues to study with innovative dance educators such as Deborah Vogel, neuromuscular educator, and Lisa Howell, dance physiotherapist. Her goal is to encourage students to discover both the art and science of ballet.

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

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 most recent teaching experience was with Gulfshore Ballet in Fort Meyers, Florida, where she taught ballet, tap, and jazz. She was the primary instructor for their very successful Pre-Ballet program. Choreography credits include several award winning jazz and tap pieces. Most recently, she choreographed a jazz production piece for six to ten year olds as part of a holiday concert event with the Southwest Florida Symphony. 

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 attended Temple University as a dance major. 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 choreograph

Brianna Cooper
Jazz
Brianna Cooper grew up training under Nina Wheeler in Durham, NC. Here she performed and competed as a member of the Company Dancers of Durham. She continued her dance education at East Carolina University where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in both Jazz and Contemporary dance. While at ECU, she was given the opportunity to perform in several faculty works and student choreographed shows, at multiple ACDFA regional events, and was fortunate to perform with several guest artists, including Madeline Reber. Since graduating, Brianna has studied and performed with talented artists from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Brianna has also been working as a dance instructor and choreographer for pre-professional, competitive, and recreational dance students. Currently she dances with Code F.A.D. Company under the direction of Autumn Mist Belk. Brianna is consistently recognized for her exceptional group choreography. 
Courtney Om
Contemporary

Ms. Om hails from Toronto, Canada and is full-time dancer, choreographer and dance educator, internationally and in the United States. Her professional training includes Ryerson University, BFA Dance program and The Conteur Academy, a contemporary conservatory, where she graduated in 2013.   She has trained with such notables as Sidra Bell, Alexandra Wells, Gerri Houlihan, Abby Zbikowski, Shannon Gillen, and Kate Hutter. Courtney has worked internationally as a dancer and choreographer. Her professional work in the United States began in 2014 with Code F.A.D Dance Company, The KT Collective, BELLAN Performance Dance Theater and Gaspard and Dancers.  As a choreographer, Courtney began producing work in the USA in 2014 at the SARUS festival in Wilmington, NC. Here, she began receiving recognition for her choreographic works.  Courtney established OM grown dancers in 2016. In the company's first year, Courtney successfully created an evening length work titled The EVOL//you//TION inFULL, which premiered in June of 2017. The company travelled both locally and internationally sharing the creation with communities near and far. 

Karen Olsen

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 Ballanchine 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 prestigous 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 her three children.

Paige Miller
Ballet/Tap/Jazz

Paige Miller was born and raised in Highland, Michigan where she began her dance career at the age of four. Paige made her dance studios competition team at age 12 and lead her dance career until her senior year in high school. Paige has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. Campaneria Ballet School is her first school as a teacher.

Kiley O'Donnell
Ballet, Tap, Jazz Mommy and Me

Kiley has been dancing since the age of seven and has danced with Campaneria Ballet School for two years. She is a junior at Panther Creek High School and is on the dance team there.  Kiley has been a teacher assistant for 4 years, but this is her first year teaching! She teaches ballet, tap, and jazz for ages 2-6 and Mommy and Me here at Campaneria Ballet School.

Erica Belson
Tap/Jazz

Erica Belson is a senior at Green Hope High School and has been dancing since the age of three.  She took ballet, jazz, and tap but now focuses on her specialty of tap. She was taught under Shannon Snover and Beth Peele at a local ballet school and at Chapel Hill School of Ballet under Gene Medler.

Denise Zogbi

Denise has exercised her whole life. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1995 she joined the Cary YMCA and realized she had a passion for teaching and training.  She enrolled in  AFAA’s Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Certification. After teaching and training at the YMCA for a year she went on and completed the YMCA Personal Trainer Certification, Cycling, YogaFit, Prenatal Yoga, Power Pilates Mat Certification, and completed her 500 hour Yoga training with The North Carolina School of Yoga in 2006 (RYT-500 Yoga Alliance)