Heather 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.

Briley Performing Arts Company is thrilled to provide our local performers a place to cultivate and master their craft in all areas of Performance Art. It is my personal mission to provide quality instructors and a safe environment that will allow for excellent learning potential and positive self image development.

Many life skills can be learned while training in Performing Arts. Classical ballet provides over all discipline of the mind and body. Tap dance, hip hop and Jazz dance heighten gross and fine motor skills. Contemporary dance allows you to express and convey emotions. Acting and Vocal training build confidence and verbal communication skills.