Sheryl Whipple, Assistant Director, spent her youth immersed in classical ballet. She began training at age seven, eventually joining the Tulsa Junior Dance Theater. At 16, she was accepted into the Tulsa Civic Ballet, which later became the Tulsa Ballet.
Sheryl studied and trained under June Runyon and two of the five Native American ballerinas - Moscelyne Larkin (and her husband Roman Jasinski) in Tulsa, and Yvonne Chouteau (and her husband Miguel Terekhov) in the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma. She also attended the International School of Ballet in Portugal, and learned by association from The Boston Ballet and the American Ballet Theater's Repertoire Company. While attending OU, Sheryl met her sweetheart, Peter. They have been married for 40 years and raised 13 children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, and spent many years moving around the country due to her husband's military career. Although first and foremost a Mom, Sheryl worked part time as a Nurse and Midwife, but with a life-long love of ballet and the stage, she always found the time to be a guest choreographer and performer for theater and ballet. Sheryl is thrilled to be a part of CBO and now teaching ballet to a new generation.
Brante' Copling has been dancing since the age of 2. She has a natural grace and beauty on stage! She has trained in the art of Ballet, Pointe', Jazz, Modern, and Tap, with her favorite being ballet! She has won many ballet scholarships across the country. She has performed many rolls in both musicals and ballets. Musicals include Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Mrs. Beaver in Narnia, Sound of Music, Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland, and many more. Ballets include 2 times in The Wizard of Oz, including Dorothy, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Wendy in Peter Pan, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Secret Garden Ballet, Molly Mouse Ballet, just to name a few. Brante' loves being on stage, and loves to see the development in her students!
Tia Copling started dancing at the age of 2. She ate, breathed, and moved dance! She trained in Ballet, Pointe', Jazz, and tap. She won a full ride dance scholarship at the age of 12. At the age of 15 she became a member of the Wasatch Youth Ballet Co. Tia has spent a lot of time on the stage from the age of 3. People came from miles around to see Tias captivating stage presence. Tia has taught dance for 5 years. She has taught at multiple studios. She is a favorite teacher of all ages. Tia has performed many roles on stage including Lucy in Narnia, Sariah in The Ark, 2 productions of the Wizard of Oz Ballet, The Secret Garden, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, Cindy & the Prince, Peter and the Wolf, 3 productions of Cinderella Ballet, including the part of Cinderella, Mrs. Darbus in High School Musical, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Glenda in Wizard of Oz, 4 productions of Molly Mouse, and many, many more. Tia has a passion for dance, and loves to teach and see the passion become a reality in her students! Tia is also a certified Zumba instructor! Come join her!
We are thrilled to welcome our Martial Arts Instructor, Tony Hughes!
*Tony has studied TaeKwonDo rising through black belt, qualifying and placing in tournaments.
* Studied Okinawan Shorin Ryu rising through the ranks to 3rd Dan black belt.
* Instructed Martial Arts and defensive tactics for over 10 years and studied for over 25 years and continuing.
* Certified defensive tactics instructor for law enforcement in the state of Missouri.
* Trained in military hand to hand combat.
Tony truly enjoys teaching the skills he has learned and watching students strive and achieve their goals as their self confidence builds. This martial arts club is a blend of different martial art techniques and applies them to real life scenarios. This club has several values that will be applied daily on the mats and off. Respect. Honor. Accountability. Integrity and Discipline are the main values we teach.
April Collins teaches third grade at Willow Springs Elementary School. She loves providing her students with opportunities to express themselves. Dance provides an excellent opportunity for students to do just that. April trained for twelve years at Methods of Movement Dance Studio under the direction of Mrs. Susan English in Mountain Home, Idaho. She trained in the arts of Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Acro dance; competing in numerous state and regional dance competitions.
Besides teaching many classes and our Acro-dance, April is in charge of our competitions and is our competition coach!
Malai Copling, Director and founder, has been dancing since the age of 2, and involved in theatre since the age of 5. Her mother owned a very successful dance studio where she grew a passion for dance & stage that has never left. At the age of 11 she was granted a full tuition dance scholarship to one of the top ballet programs in the country. She started taking college dance classes at the age of 12, where she was seen by William Christensen, founder of San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, and one of the first ballet departments at a University. He invited her to take classes with Ballet West. She continued her training with him throughout high school. Malai also trained with Barbara Hamblin, Bene Arnold, Joy Ludlow, and other great masters of dance, including the famous Jaques d'Amboise with New York Ballet & NDI. During Jr. high and high School, Malai was a member of Mountain West Ballet Co., Murray Ballet Co., Steppin’ Out Dance Co., and William Christensen's Jr. Ballet Co. She also performed with the Utah Ballet. Malai has won 1st and 2nd place in national dance competitions. She has performed many roles such as Cinderella in Cinderella, Pinocchio in Pinocchio, Glenda in The Wizard of Oz, Snow Queen, & many solo roles in the Nutcracker, just to name a few. She was awarded many dance scholarships for college. She continued her dance training as a Ballet Major at one of the top ranked ballet programs at a University, the University of Utah, where she was dancing 10-12 hours a day. Malai has been accepted into many top dance programs throughout her career. She has been a guest choreographer for many ballet companies, drill teams, dance companies, and theatre. She was also a judge for Dance America. Malai has been teaching ballet, tap, and jazz for over 30 years, and has owned many successful dance studios. Malai is an ABT (American Ballet Theatre) certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Malai has trained 1000's of students in the art of dance. She enjoys watching her students grow and progress in their professionalism, grace, & life!.
Lydia Dixon started her career as a gymnast & then transitioned to ballet at the age of 6. She has studied ballet, pointe’, modern (Horton technique), jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, Broadway dance, aeriel dance, and others. Lydia was selected and attended summer intensives from across the nation. She has attended The Bolshio Ballet, IBC. Princeton, Nashville Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, Burklyn Ballet, & Texas Ballet Theatre as well as being selected for numerous others. Lydia has a riveting stage presence and is known for her strong work ethic. Lydia is excited to join the faculty at CBO and hopes to focus on technique and artistry.
Wendy Inman, Music, Theatre Director is teaching Music Theater and voice. Originally a native and graduate of Cabool Schools, Inman has ran her own piano studio for 28 years, as well as performed as accompanist, soloist, chamber, and church musician. During her time at University of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Inman worked with the music and theater department as Vocal Coach and reduction and performance musician for many musicals and operas. She graduated with her Piano Pedagogy Bachelor’s degree in 2004, received her alternative vocal and instrumental certification in 2010, and her Piano Performance Master’s degree in 2012.
Currently, Inman runs a select private piano and vocal studio in her home. She works at Cabool School District teaching band grades 6-12, choir grades 7-12, Music Theory, Music Theater, and Music Appreciation.
Wendy Inman is the mother of three children; Nathan, Jessica, and Cullen. She resides in Cabool with her husband Jeff.