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 […]
Nicole Klett

Nicole Klett jazz and contemporary dance

Nicole Klett began dancing at the age of 3, choreographed her first solo at 14, and her first group piece at 18. With over a decade of work in choreography, Nicole has performed and put routines on stage at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Wolftrap, Historic Lincoln Theatre, Sidney Harman Center for the Arts, […]
Erica Donovan

Erica Donovan

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, Georgia, in 2012. In 2015 she got married and moved to Virginia. Soon after moving here, she began teaching […]
Laura Halick

Laura Halick voice instructor, drama/musical theatre instructor

Laura Halick is with us for a fifteenth 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 is in his second year at Northern Virginia Community College before transferring to Oklahoma City University as a dance major.  Ian is the winner of numerous awards in various competitions and is thrilled to be teaching our Boys only Hip Hop classes.  Ian is also a songwriter and recording artist as well as […]
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 […]
Karine Stanger Myers

Karine Stanger Myers tap and jazz classes

Karine Stanger Myers will be teaching some of our children’s classes in tap and jazz for her fourth year as well as our preschool class.  Karine was a member of the Center Stage Dance Company while in high school and taught for Center Stage while in high school and after her graduation from college.  Karine is […]
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

Laura Sniegowski ballet, tap and jazz classes

Laura Sniegowski is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Dance Pedagogy and begins her second 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 […]
Jenna Stegmann

Jenna Stegmann tap class

Jenna Stegmann teaches our advanced adult tap class. Jenna danced at Center Stage through high school and is back teaching at Center Stage after graduating several years ago. She was a member of Tapestry Dance Company at Penn State and continues to choreograph and perform throughout the DMV area. Her solo and duet choreography has […]