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 […]
Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook is a Street Styles dancer/choreographer from the Washington DC area and is teaching our hip hop classes! She is a people person and is always looking for new creative ways to help others learn dance. She grew up as a competitive dancer in all styles but later found her love for Hip Hop. […]
Ana Cruz

Ana Cruz

Ana Cruz will be teaching our acro classes.  She grew up in the Washington DC area.  She trained in a variety of styles including, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip hop, musical theater, gymnastics, and even arial dance for over 20 years. While Cruz danced with a number of local competitive dance studios she also trained at […]
Laura Halick

Laura Halick voice instructor, drama/musical theatre instructor

Laura Halick is with us for a twentieth 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 […]
Michael Hibbs

Michael Hibbs

Michael Hibbs is a graduate of Oklahoma City University as a dance performance major and a Center Stage alum.  Most recently he has been a featured performer on Holland America Cruise lines and is looking forward to teaching tap classes here at Center Stage!  In addition to Holland America, he has performed at Cedar Point […]
Chris “Peanut” Saunders

Chris “Peanut” Saunders contemporary dance

Chris “Peanut” Saunders is a graduate of Shenandoah University as a dance major. Peanut joins us for a second year is teaching contemporary and turns and jumps classes here at Center Stage. He had performed for the last several years on Holland America cruise ships. He is thrilled to be back at Center Stage, where […]
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 ninth 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 […]
Phillip Smith-Cobbs

Phillip Smith-Cobbs ballet, boys ballet and boys conditioning

Philip Smith-Cobbs moved back to Northern Virginia several years ago after dancing with Atlanta Ballet for five seasons. At the age of eight, Philip began training with Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon. He also attended summer intensives at Richmond Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and School of American Ballet. After graduating from high school, he continued […]