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 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 and Allyson Briley.

Karen Holt
Office Manager

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

Ashlie Reed, wife of Seth Reed, is from Baxter Springs, KS.  She took dance from Sensations Performing Arts in Neosho, MO and was a part of the MSSU dance team.  She was a cheerleader at Neosho High as well as a competitive cheerleader at Tumble Town Midwest, now located in Goodman, MO.  She taught at Adrenaline Rush Tumbling in Baxter Springs, KS.  She has been a dance and tumbling instructor at Briley Performing Arts Company since August 2013.

charityCharity Musick
Musical Theatre, Vocal and Children’s Choir Instructor

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 Midsummer Night’s 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 roles 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

 Bailey Milner
Beginner Ballet/Tap Instructor, Competitive Dance Assistant

Rachel FollmerRachel Folder Pre-K Ballet & Tap, Ballet & Tumbling, Creative Movement, Competitive Dance Assistant

New to the BPAC Dance Family, Rachel is the instructor for our Pre-K Ballet and Tap classes, as well as the Ballet and Tumbling program.  She will also be teaching the Tiny Tots Creative Movement Class.

Caitlyn NelsonCaitlyn Nelson 
Hip Hop, Competitive Dance Assistant

Caitlyn is also a new member to the BPAC family!  She found her way to the performing arts center last spring and is now serving as the Hip Hop Assistant Instructor, as well as Competitive Team Instructor and Choreographer

kayKay Zerkel
SWMO Conservatory – Intermediate Piano

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 and 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 teaches vocals.

Bethany Roberts
SWMO Conservatory – Beginner Piano

Cyndi Hilsabeck
Competitive Team Administrator

Cyndi is now serving as the Competitive Team Administrator, meaning that she does the hours of research necessary to locate and enroll our team in competitions.