Cheryl was born in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and moved to the states when she was 4 years old. She began her ballet training under Katherine Lowe in Fullerton, California. After moving to Utah, she continued her studies with Nila Horton of Ballet West at the University of Utah. Cheryl attended Brigham Young University and studied modern dance under the direction of Abby Fiat, Dee Winterton and Pat Debenham, who choreographed the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. After moving to New Mexico, she began teaching dance at NMSU-C and for 10 years traveled every summer to study dance at the University of Utah with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In 1985, Cheryl founded the CHS Dance Company and opened Cheryl’s School of Dance. Knowing the importance of continuing her own dance education, she traveled continuously in the summers and has been able to study under the Nicholais Dance Theater and the Moving Earth Dance Company, both located in New York, Tandy Beal of Tandy Beal and Company, and Lynn Topkowski and Donna White at Utah State University. Cheryl traveled for 3 years to attend the dance teacher workshop with Cathy Roe, Angelo Moio, and Lyn Cramer. She has been taking students to compete at Regional and National levels for almost 20 years. Cheryl spends her summers traveling to Dance Teacher Conferences.
Harmony Preece, a Carlsbad native, began her dance career at Cheryl’s School of Dance and studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, and ballroom. She attended Southern Utah University on the prestigious SUU Leadership Scholarship, the Western-Undergraduate Scholarship, and the Mary E. Lindley Scholarship. Harmony graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education. She was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company and performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harmony was selected to attend the American College Dance Festival in Long Beach, California. She was also chosen to study and perform under the internationally recognized choreographer Charlotte Boyd-Christensen. Harmony now resides back in Carlsbad and teaches both lyrical and jazz at Cheryl‘s School of Dance.
Caryn brings 30+ years of teaching experience, continuing to inspire and mold young dancers pursuing their passion for ballet. Having trained with some of our countries greatest teachers: Robert Joffery, Oleg Briansky, Mirielle Briane, Mary Day, Richard Englund and Constance Hardinge, to name a few. She has professional experience in the Birmingham Ballet Company, a BA in Ballet from Virginia Intermont College, and numerous years of regional ballet exposure, both as a dancer, then as choreographer, teacher and director. Caryn continues to look forward to working with CSD’s aspiring and impressionable students, planning to support and develop their love of this art form, where ever it may lead them.
Rexanna grew up in the world of dance studying tap, jazz, modern and ballet. She has taught dance at NMSU-C, Tip Tap Dance Studio, and is the former owner/director of Spotlight Dance Academy. She has had the honor of studying with choreographers Mike Minery, Gil Stroming, Cory Finn, Mark Goodman and Laurie Johnson. She has taken her students to conventions and competitions, winning numerous awards and titles. Rexanna feels very blessed to share her love and passion of dance with her students and encourages them to live up to their greatness!
Karli has been a dancer for Cheryl’s School of Dance since the age of three. She has been assisting classes since she was only 11 years old, giving her hands on teaching experience in many genres of dance. Throughout her years at CSD, Karli has attended conventions and competitions around the country such as Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse, Tremaine, Showstoppers, Starpower, etc., and has won countless awards. In 2010 she attended Dance Excellence, a global event where the finest dancers and dance studios are chosen to represent their state in both master classes and performances. Karli is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Tucson and has a degree in Cosmetology Science. She is the Head Cheerleading Coach at Carlsbad High School. She looks forward to continuing her journey as a faculty member, and sharing her passion for dance with each and every one of her students!
Liza studied vocal performance at Texas Tech University and was awarded the Hewitt Scholar in voice. Liza has participated in numerous shows at Texas Tech and the Carlsbad Community Theater. Roles include: Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Magnolia Hawkes in “Showboat”, Bet in “Oliver”, Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Queen Isabella in “Christopher Columbus”, Yum-Yum in “The Mikado”, Mama in “Lost and Found”, and Sonia in “Godspell”. Liza has also been in chorus of Oklahoma, South Pacific, and Carousel. Liza is currently the praise and worship leader and Cantor at San Jose Catholic Church.
Jasmine Douglas grew up dancing at Cheryl’s School of Dance. She has studied all styles of dance and spent her youth traveling with the CSD Intensive Teams. Jasmine has received countless awards, scholarships, and awards for her talent and creativity. Jasmine was an Assistant Teacher for many years and is so excited to be taking over the hip hop program at CSD.
April Prather is a Teacher’s Assistant at CSD! She works side by side her sister, Rexanna, assisting in the Tap Program.
Megan Lee has been dancing almost her entire life. She grew up dancing at CSD and traveling with their Intensive Teams. Megan attended the Young Americans College of Performing Arts in Corona, California and recently returned home from Tour. Megan is excited to be back home and will be teaching ballet and jazz at CSD.
Candice Goad grew up dancing at CSD and traveling with their Intensive Teams. She has spent many years teaching and assisting at Cheryl’s School of Dance. Candice is in the Nursing School Program at NMSU-C. She loves being in the classroom at CSD!
Marissa Mitchell is our Office Manager! She can help with scheduling, registration, your CSD account, and anything else in regards to CSD!