Faculty and Staff

We are fortunate to have a wonderful staff of dance teachers, voice coaches, and office personal, who bring a positive, family oriented vibe to the studio.

Sherri Shortell

Sherri Shortell Director / Owner

Sherri Shortell is the Director of Center Stage Dance and Performing Arts Center and the Center Stage Dance Company. Sherri has been teaching and performing in the Washington Metro area since 1979 after studying in New York and Connecticut. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and Wolf Trap […]
Erica Donovan

Erica Donovan

Mrs. Donovan is on maternity leave this year and will be returning for the 2019/2020 school year.   Mrs. Donovan  took her first ballet class at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She studied education in college and took ballet classes with a local studio and company in her free time. She first started teaching ballet in Atlanta, […]
Laura Halick

Laura Halick voice instructor, drama/musical theatre instructor

Laura Halick is with us for a nineteenth year at Center Stage.  She is our vocal coach, our non competition drama/musical theatre instructor and  also works with our competition musical theatre teams on vocals. Mrs Halick also runs her own private voice studio, thriving with children, teenagers and adults who come from all over northern Virginia—from Chantilly […]
Ian Houston

Ian Houston

Ian Houston recently received his associate’s degree from  Northern Virginia Community College before transferring to George Mason University.  Ian is the winner of numerous awards in various competitions and is thrilled to be teaching some of our hip hop classes.  Ian is also a songwriter and recording artist as well as a local DJ available […]
Erin Loesley

Erin Loesley

Erin Loesley is a Registered Acrobatique AcroDance Instructor. After dancing and taking acro (although when she was young, it was called “Jazz and Gym”) for most of her childhood in Pennsylvania, she recently got back into dance when her three children started dancing at Center Stage. With a varied athletic background from playing and coaching many sports, […]
Jodeci Milhouse

Jodeci Milhouse hip hop, jazz and tap classes, tap competition team

Jodeci Milhouse (singer/dancer/choreographer) is blazing her own path in the hip hop industry. She instructs and choreographs throughout the metro DC area. She has worked with renowned Directors and Choreographers such as Kenny Ortega, Debbie Allen, Geo Hubela, Dena Rizzo, and Bradley Taylor. Jodeci spreads her love for hip hop through her high energy workshops […]
Cristina Cayere Shockey

Cristina Cayere Shockey

Cristina Cayere Shockey was in the first professional Company at Center Stage Performing Arts Center when Sherri Shortell opened its doors in 1990 as a non-profit to preserve the American Art form of Tap. Over 26 years she studied, performed and competed in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. She taught jazz, tap, and […]
Laura Sniegowski Schmidt

Laura Sniegowski Schmidt ballet, tap and jazz classes

Laura Sniegowski is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Dance Pedagogy and begins her sixth year here at Center Stage.  While in the program she taught tap, jazz, hip hop and ballet at the Community Dance Center at OCU.  She was a production assistant for the American Spirit […]
Hilary Wright

Hilary Wright

Mr Hilary Wright will be teaching ballet at Center Stage for this coming school year. Hilary Wright studied on full scholarship at Joffrey School, ABT School, Maryland Youth Ballet, David Howard Academy, and Virginia Ballet.  He has performed with the Bejart Ballet in Brussels, Cincinnatti Ballet, and Harkness Youth Company.  He was a soloist  with […]