Meet The RIB Staff
Co-Director | Ballet Master
Mr. Wise was born in Charleston and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1988 Mr. Wise was asked to train in Budapest as the Hungarian representative in international ballet competitions. He then joined the Moscow Classical Ballet, and was then promoted to Principal Dancer - the only American to have held this position in a major Soviet ballet company. In 1990, the Russian government awarded him the Tchaikovsky Diploma for continuous high levels of Technique and Artistry. After Russia, Mr. Wise continued to perform internationally as a Principal Dancer. Mr. Wise has taught ballet for over 20 years, prepared many students for international ballet competitions and professional careers.
Co-Director | Ballet Mistress
Olga Tchoub Wise is a native of Moscow, Russia. Mrs. Wise graduated from the Bolshoi Choreographic Institute with a Masters Degree in the Fine Arts. In 1990 she accepted an offer to join the Moscow Classical Ballet as a soloist. She went on to work as a Principal Dancer with internationally known dancers and companies. She is a highly sought-after Master Teacher and Choreographer, and has frequently judged classical ballet competitions. Mrs. Olga is also a professor at the College of Charleston as a part of their dance faculty.
Megan was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She began her dance career at nine years old. She trained in classical ballet for twelve years and also has training in a wide variety of other dance styles. In 2017, she passed the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum Examination for level 5B with high honors and level 6 with honors in 2019. She has had the privilege to attend summer programs with scholarships at Carolina Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, and Charlotte Ballet. She was invited to be a guest performer with the Carolina Ballet Theatre in two performances where she took on lead roles. She received her certificate as a Fitness Specialist in 2021 from Trident Technical College.
Maria Stewart is a native of Seneca, South Carolina and currently a sophomore at the College Of Charleston majoring in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography. Maria started her training at Foothills Dance Conservatory for 15 years learning both Balanchine and Vaganova Method of ballet under the direction of Ginny Siano-Eck. She has also trained with Joffrey Ballet, South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, and Next Generation Ballet for summer sessions. Maria has also been trained in jazz, contemporary, tap, and modern under Allie Larson and Vaughn Newman. She has continued her education with Robert Ivey Ballet under Olga and Michael Wise since 2020 and is entering her third year teaching with Robert Ivey Ballet.