Melissa Hale Coyle grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she received her early training from Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin. She studied as a scholarship student for two summers at American Ballet Theatre with Leon Danelion and Patricia Wilde. After graduating from high school, she joined American Ballet Theatre as a company member for three years. Hale later joined Cincinnati Ballet Company, where she performed in principal roles, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre, where she was a principal dancer for six years. For the past 27 years, Hale has lived in Charlotte, where she is on the faculty and Artistic Director of the Ballet Program at Sullivan Dance Centre and Co- Artistic Director of Charlotte City Ballet Company. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the past 17 years. Coyle has been on the faculty for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in Alabama for 13 years and has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program and a company teacher for North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet). She has been a guest choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Dance Collective, Ballet San Antonio, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Lawrence Ballet Theatre, South Carolina’s Governors Summer School, Orange County Performing Arts High School and Artist in Residence at Grand Valley State University. In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Hale “Best Dance Teacher of North Carolina.” Melissa Hale Coyle is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.