It is often times easier for me to receive email questions versus phone as dance doesn’t have schedules consistent with normal business hours and when at the studio, we are normally in the midst of teaching.
Miss Sheri has taught dance in and around Glen Ellyn for the past 14 years to people of all ages. She has extensive dance training from teachers with all kinds of different approaches. Miss Sheri loves the opportunity to bring creativity, humor and a sense of the world around us to each dance lesson she can! Miss Sheri is a native to Glen Ellyn and a former Glen Crest Spartanette and Glenbard South Raiderette receiving 2nd in State in 1998.
Attending Millikin University and Indiana University, Miss Sheri has gotten to dance with performers from CATS, Stomp, IU’s African American Dance Company, and so many others including one of Britney Spears choreographers. During the summers, she took part in dance intensives with Hubbard Street and River North Dance Company and was part of IU’s Swing Dance Club.
Miss Sheri’s goal for all dance students is that with her help and parents’ support they become confident, strong individuals who understand that hard work and fun can go together and be so rewarding.
Jared has been with Sunshine for 5 years. He is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, graduating with a BFA in Music Theatre. He began dancing at the age of 8 and studied under many prestigious companies including Ballet Austin, Tapestry Dance Company, and Interlochen School for the Arts. Jared has performed in numerous plays, musicals and dance performances in the Chicago area and beyond including the Broadway National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Music Man at the Paramount, and Hello Dolly at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Jared brings a vast array of skills and knowledge into the SDP studio from his many years in the performance industry.
In the Spring of 2014, Jared took on the role of the Competition Team Director here at Sunshine Dance Project. In addition to his Competition Team duties and Choreographing, Jared also teaches several weekly classes at the studio including Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Ballet.
Jared is beyond thrilled to be here at SDP sharing his knowledge and passion for dance with the next generation of young artists.
Stephanie has been with Sunshine for 4 years. She is a graduate from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in musical theatre performance and a minor in dance! Stephanie has been dancing her entire life, starting with competition dance in her youth and then onto collegiate level classes later in life. For the last four summers, she has taught choreography to kids in Grand Lake, CO in their Youth Theatre program. She has been a performer with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Theo Ubique Theatre in Chicago, and Drury Lane Theatre just outside of Chicago. She also loves writing songs, playing guitar, and running races for fun!
This will be Alanna’s 5th year teaching at Sunshine! Alanna started dancing at the age of fifteen. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelors of fine arts with an emphasis in dance performance. At NIU she had extensive training under Autumn Eckman, Paula Frasz, and Judith Chitwood. She has currently continued her training by being on scholarship and work study at Visceral Dance Center under Nick Pupillo. Performances over the years include, Von Heidecke Dance Center’s Nutcracker, Dance Chicago 2013, DanceWorks “DanceBytes”, DanszLoop Chicago’s “Plays and Dances”, and will be performing with the Lyric Opera next spring. Alanna has received numerous awards and scholarships over the past year including, Northern Illinois University Dance Service Award, Inaside Chicago Dance Partial Scholarship, Rene LeBeau Scholarship, and the Music Boosters Fine Arts Scholarship. She is excited to continue her teaching career working with young children and watch them grow as dancers.
This will be Brittany’s 3rd year at Sunshine! She is originally from San Jose, California where she trained with Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara completing her B.F.A. in dance. Upon graduation, she received the Tonia Shimin award for excellence and promise in the field of dance and an honorable mention for her choreography at UCSB. Now residing in the wonderful city of Chicago, she has apprenticed with Chicago Repertory Ballet and most recently performed as a solo dancer in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Tannhauser.