What Makes Us Unique?

Beyond the Barre dance classes are offered at the Wyoming Rec Center, located at 9940 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH  45215. Dena Morley's ballet school has grown to include over 130 dancers since it began in 2010.  Ms. Dena also teaches ballet classes at Lads and Lassies Community Pre-school.

  • Performance Opportunities-The dancers perform in 2 full ballet performances per year, which builds their confidence and poise in front of an audience.  This is NOT your typical recital!!
  • 7 levels of Classical Ballet instruction
  • ELECTIVES OFFERED-Jazz, Contemporary, & Tap
  • NEW ELECTIVES COMING THIS FALL-Dance with Me! (2 & 3 yr olds), Modern Ballet, Hip Hop, Pre-Pointe and Stretch & Strengthen is back!
  • ADULT DANCE CLASS-Dance to the Beat!  with Heather Yee
  • Quality dance instruction that focuses on each dancer individually
  • Fun, supportive and nurturing learning environment
  • Leadership opportunities- The older dancers have the opportunity to be leaders with the younger dancers, and the younger dancers are motivated by the older ones

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Dena Morley is a former professional ballet dancer with the Toledo Ballet Company. She has always had a passion for ballet since she was a very little girl. Dena graduated from Miami University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and is currently a certified (K-8) elementary teacher and reading specialist.

Dena began teaching ballet at The Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy in 2010 and continued through 2017. She enjoyed pairing her passion for teaching with her love of ballet so much that she opened up her own ballet studio, Ballet with Ms. Dena, in 2010.  In 2015, Beyond the Barre opened & relocated at the Wyoming Middle School.  Dena Morley has choreographed & produced over 12 original, full length ballet productions.
Beyond the Barre's expansion in 2017 includes 3 new instructors, more ballet classes and newly offered electives.  Beyond the Barre has recently relocated to the newly renovated Wyoming Rec Center.

Heather Yee has been dancing for over thirty-five years and has 15 years experience with dance instruction and choreography. She has worked with multiple age groups, from young children through adults. She has studied various styles through her life, including ballet, modern and tap, but her main passion and focus is in jazz. Heather has her degrees in elementary and special education, and chose to work in the field of adults with disabilities, yet she danced all through college in various capacities. She is able to combine her love of dance and teaching background into a style that is adaptable and fun for people at all ability levels. Her teaching brings a fusion of styles based in technique and joy of movement. Heather lives in Wyoming and is married with two children.  Heather has been recently elected to serve on the Wyoming Board of Education.

Karla Finger Coghill has been teaching dance for over 30 years. From 1999 to 2015 she was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Sidelong Dance Company a non-profit performance company based in Winston-Salem, NC. Karla received her M.A. in Dance from American University where she was honored with a graduate teaching fellowship as well as the Evelyn Swarthout Hayes award for her outstanding contribution to the arts. Prior to founding Sidelong Dance, she performed extensively with Washington D.C. companies Shadowdance and D.C. Dance Theater. She has taught dance at American University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Salem College as well as numerous dance studios.

Rachel originally hails from Cincinnati and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University. Regional: Damn Yankees, Tarzan, First Date, Godspell, The Best Little...,42nd Street, Steel Magnolias, Les Miserables, Sweet Charity, Young Frankenstein, A Chorus Line, Beauty and The Beast, Annie, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How to Succeed…, The Will Roger's Follies, Spamalot, Meet Me In St. Louis, Home For The Holidays, I Love a Piano, Bedroom Farce, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Jack!, Snow White, Cabaret, High School Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, and Bells Are Ringing. Rachel can also be seen in The Sundance Channel's series Ringtone and Table For Five's Divine Will. Asian Tour: lounge At The a Edge of Heaven. Choreography: BurgerTown: Commonwealth Theatre Company, Godspell Jr : The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, Once On This Island Jr : The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. STAR Camp 2014: The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, Awaited (assistant choreographer), Crossroads’ Halftime Shows, “Everybody Come On” for Secret‘s Mean Stinks Campaign, “Love Beats” for Crossroads KC, The Manhattan Dolls, Crossroads’ “Like a Boss”, Unpolished’s  “Wild Things”, Once On This Island: NKU(co-choreographer), Working: NKU(co-choreographer), as well as numerous dance teams, show choirs, and dance concerts.

Dena Morley,
Beyond the Barre owner and ballet instructor

Heather Yee, Jazz Instructor

Karla Finger Coghill, Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet & Contemporary Instructor

Rachel Elizabeth Perin 
Ballet/Tap & Tap/Musical Theater Instructor