Meet our Instructors

heatherHeather Haar Briley
Artistic Director/Owner/Instructor

Heather studied classical dance with Karen’s Dance studio in Joplin, MO and Evelyn Goettle in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of McAuley High School and studied theatre at Missouri Southern State University. She received a certification from Dance Masters of America in 2006. Heather is a long-time instructor and choreographer in the four-state area. She has been involved in over 50 theatrical productions at MSSU and Joplin Little Theatre. She is an award-winning performer, choreographer and actor. She served as the Joplin Little Theatre Children’s Workshop Director for the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011, and currently serves on the Directing Staff at JLT. She served as a Dance and Musical Theatre instructor at Pinocchio School of Dance from 2002-2013 and as the Preschool Dance Director from 2002 until 2007. Heather had the privilege of serving as choreographer of St. John’s Blast from the Past floorshow from 1994 – 2007 and again in 2012. She established Briley Performing Arts Company in 2006. Heather also has a background in early childhood education, specializing in children with special needs, behavior disorders and autism. Heather is married to Sean Briley and has two lovely daughters, Emma & Allyson Briley.

kimKim Boyer
Office Manager

A lifelong resident of Carl Junction, Kim is excited to join the BPAC staff as the front office manager. Kim’s daughter, Emily, has had the pleasure of dancing with Miss Heather since the age of eight. Kim is also the proud mother of Luke, and wife of Gil.

ashlieAshlie Reed
Hip Hop, Pre-K Ballet & Tumbling, Classical Ballet & Tap

My name is Ashlie Reed, and I am the wife of Seth Reed. We are from Baxter Springs, KS. I took dance from Sensations Performing Arts in Neosho, MO and was a part of MSSU dance team. I was a cheerleader at Neosho High as well as a competitive cheerleader at Tumble Town Midwest now located in Goodman, MO. I taught at Adrenaline Rush Tumbling in Baxter Springs, KS. Currently I have been employed at Briley Performing Arts Company since August 2013.

charityCharity Musick
Pre-K Ballet & Tumbling, Classical Ballet & Tap

A native of Joplin, MO since 1992 Charity, has been an active member of Midwest Regional Ballet, Joplin Little Theater, Stained Glass Theater, American Opera Studio and Pittsburg Community Theater for many years. Charity started taking dance lessons at the age of three until the age of seventeen where she started out with the basics, ballet and tap, which grew into a love for modern and contemporary. At the age of ten she started at Midwest Regional Ballet where she joined the Jr. Company then the Sr. Company where she participated in numerous competitions such as Dance Olympus, TOPS and Star Talent which took her to perform in places like New York City, Las Vegas, Branson and Wichita. Throughout her time at Midwest Regional Ballet she also performed in various ballets. Snow White, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, A Mid Summer’s Night Dream, West Side Story and over seven separate performances of The Nutcracker. In high school she appeared in several productions including a turn as Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods and was an active member of the International Thespian Society and Touch of Class show choir all four years. Charity has appeared in a fair share of community theater productions with her most notable being Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray both at Pittsburgh Community Theater. Her last appearance was as Sally Brown in Stained Glass Theaters production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which she also did choreography for. She enjoys reading historical fiction, crocheting and cuddling her four cats. Charity is pleased and honored to be here teaching such gifted, talented children!

staceyStacey Gough

Stacey is extremely excited to have her dance shoes back on! She began dancing as a young child and followed that passion until she was a teenager. She views life as a wonderful adventure and is very happy to be a part of Briley Performing Arts Company. Stacey is a mother of two little ones and also a photographer. She enjoys the simple joys in life, exploring the beauty of nature, and learning any and all of the arts.

kayKay Zerkel

Kay began studying piano at age 8 and continued through junior high and high school taking lessons with Dr. Kevin Costley. She was a member of the National Piano Players Guild and played trumpet in band and jazz band in high school. She enjoyed playing trumpet & percussion for school musicals as well as the occasional JLT production. Kay went on to complete her BA in Neuroscience with a minor in Music Theory at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. She currently directs music ministry at Apostolic Revival Church, playing keys and drums and teaching vocals.