Melissa is the Artistic Director of the Ballet program of the Sullivan Dance Centre. Melissa was born in Waco, Texas and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There 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. While at American Ballet Theatre, she appeared in the motion picture “The Turning Pointe”. Ms. Hale later joined Cincinnati Ballet Company where she performed in principal roles and Tulsa Ballet Theatre where she was principal dancer for six years. She also appeared in the CBS TV movie of the week, “The Cowboy and the Ballerina”.
For the past 25 years, Ms. Hale has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina where she also is the Co-Artistic Director of the Charlotte City Ballet Company and is a adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For many summers, Ms. Hale has been on the teaching faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been a guest faculty member for North Carolina’s Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive and has taught company classes for North Carolina Dance Theatre. Ms. Hale has also been a guest choreographer for Carolina Voices, Atlanta Dance Theatre, The Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dance Collective, South Carolina’s Governors Summer School, Ballet San Antonio, Orange County Performing Arts High School, Miami Valley Dance Company and the Civic Ballet of Chicago. In 2001, The North Carolina School of the Arts awarded Ms. Hale the “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.