SHERRY L. BARNARD
Sherry Barnard, Artistic Director/Choreographer, attended Jordan College of Music, special instruction division of Butler University, Indianapolis, and the University of Louisvillle. She continued her training in New York with such notables as David Howard (a favorite teacher of American Ballet Theatre), Finis Jhung, Bob Audy, Luigi, and Phil Black, and received her teaching certification through DANCE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA, an international organization of teachers.
Ms. Sherry has extensive experience in musical theatre having danced in or choreographed numerous musicals in dinner theatres in the tri-state area such as Beef ‘N’ Boards Dinner Theatre (Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville), The Upstairs Dinner Theatre (Indianapolis), La Comedia Dinner Theatre (Ohio). In addition, she has perormed roles in many of the major ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker.
No stranger to local theatre, she has choreographed shows for The Youth Theatre of Hardin County, Hardin Co. Playhouse, the Pro/Am Community Theatre at The PAC, and has proven her strong commitment to developing the arts in the schools by choreographing musicals for Elizabethtown High School, Meade Co. High School, Nelson Co. High School, Bardstown High School, and John Hardin High School, not to mention working with area choral departments on all grade levels.
She has taught dance at Elizabethtown Community College, choreographed for Actor/s Theatre of Louisville, University of Louisville, University of KY, and Morehead State University, as well as the Louisville Orchestra and the Kentucky Opera. She has performed with The Stephen Foster Story for 43 years (including tours to Japan in 1985 and 1997) and is currently the show’s choreographer. She is the past chairman of the Dance Department for the Professional Intern Program at The Stephen Foster Story. Ms. Sherry is the Artistic Director of The Heartland Youth Ballet, The Dance Centre’s Arts Outreach Performing Dance Ensemble.
Rebecca Uhey is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentration in Dance and Musical Theatre. She has extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Pointe (classical and neoclassical), Tap, Jazz, Liturgical and Afro-Caribbean. Before college she danced with TDC and other local studios and continued her studies at The Louisville Ballet and Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio. She has studied with April Berry (principal dancer with the Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre) and toured with Alvin Alley. She also participated in the dance program with the Governors' School for the Arts.
Ms. Rebecca has appeared in Dance Magazine in her role as "The Minute Hand", was a soloist in the debut of the ballet Mask of the Red Death and has danced "Sugar Plum Fairy", "Arabian", "Snow Queen" and "Spanish" in The Nutcracker. In musical theatre she has performed in Chorus Line, Showboat, Dames at Sea, Grease, and was a featured dancer with The Stephen Foster Story.
Brandon Ragland , a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received his early training from Jacqueline Crenshaw Lockhart and then moved on to The Alabama School of Fine Arts. He graduated from Butler University with a degree in Dance-Arts Administration. He was a principal dancer and soloist with The Alabama Ballet for 3 years. He has been on the faculty of The Alabama Ballet School as well as adjunct faculty for Samford University. Brandon was also the director/choreographer for the 6th Avenue Baptist Church's annual Black history Program Concert. Currently, he is a member of The Louisville Ballet and also teaches for The Louisville Ballet School.
Justin Hogan, is a professional dancer with Louisville Ballet and has been with the company for 6 years. Prior to joining the company he spent three years with St. Louis Ballet and a year with North Carolina Dance Theatre. Justin received his . A. in Dance with concentration in Performance Choreography from Mercyhurst College. A native of Cincinnati,he received his initial training from the School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Erin Cunigan has been connected to The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown since the age of three. Ms. Erin was involved in all forms of dance through college. She has taught for The Dance Centre for three years. In addition to dance, Ms. Erin has enjoyed musical theatre and has performed in several shows including The Stephen Foster Story
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