Melissa Hale Coyle
Melissa Hale Coyle began her studies with Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin in
Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her training also included summer scholarships to the American
Ballet Theatre school and after graduating from high school, joined the American Ballet
Theatre Company . Later she joined the Cincinnati Ballet Company and then danced
with Tulsa Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer for six years. She has been in films
such as "The Turning Pointe" and the made-for-TV movie "The Cowboy and the
For the last 16 years, Ms. Hale has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She is on the faculty and the director of the ballet program at Sullivan Dance Centre, on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaches company classes for North Carolina Dance Theatre and is the choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hale has also been a guest choreographer for Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Dance Collective and Ballet San Antonio.
For the past four summers, Ms. Hale has been on the teaching faculty of American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive in Alabama. In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Ms. Hale the "Best Dance Teacher of North Carolina".
* ABI is not affiliated with American Ballet Theatre or ABT Summer Intensives