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 Director / OwnerSherri 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 […]
Laura Halick voice instructor, drama/musical theatre instructorLaura 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 […]
Jailyn Montgomery hip hop, lyricalJailyn Montgomery is a national award winning dancer who has trained under numerous dance companies and performed for multiple well-known establishments and performance centers. Jailyn currently attends Georgia State University pursuing her degree in environmental science. Although she cares for science and the Earth, her goal is to continue dancing forever and choreographing newer and […]
Chris “Peanut” Saunders contemporary danceChris “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 ballet, tap and jazz classesLaura 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 ballet, boys ballet and boys conditioningPhilip 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 […]