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Cheryl O’Sullivan began her dance training at Jeanne Bayhi’s School of dance under Jeanne Bayhi, Jay Kliendorf and later, Richard Rholden. She continued her dance training through her collegiate career at SLU, where she also received a degree in Nutrition. While at SLU, she received her training in modern dance, as well as having the opportunity to study with the Jose Limon Company and with Charles Wiedman and Company – a time she considers very special in her dance life.
Cheryl has danced for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, the Loyola University New Orleans Ballet, the Konni Albert Sardi Performing Arts Company, Ballet Hysell, The New Orleans Ballet Ensemble, Lula Elzy’s New Orleans Dance Theater, Eddie Viltelleta’s D-Project and of course, Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble! Cheryl also co-founded Story Ballet Magic with Lyle Guidroz and Deanne de Las Cleses, and has appeared in musical theater productions at Tulane Summer Lyric, J.P.A.S., Le Petite Theater, Loyola University’s Opera Program and for the New Orleans Opera.
Besides her own dance and performance career, Cheryl has also been very active as a teacher in the New Orleans community. She has taught for the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) as a NORD/ NOBA teacher for 10 years through their Step-Up Program. As such, she ran the St. Bernard After-School Ballet program for several years, as well as teaching for the St. Bernard “In Motion” Program for three years. Through NOBA, she also co-directed the Moving Van Project with Monique Mors and through that work, she and her students have had the opportunity to work with the Ballet Met of Ohio, Urban Ballet Theater, Pilobolus II and Luna Negra. Bringing dance to school children of all ages holds a very special place in Cheryl’s heart and to that end, she has participated in countless lecture demonstrations in Louisiana and across the Gulf South. She has toured Northern Louisiana Library Systems with Story Ballet Magic for their summer reading programs, has performed with Komenka for their New Orleans Parish School and Thibodeaux Music Club residencies, has done demonstrations with Lula Elzy at Auburn University and has performed for residencies at USM with the Moving Van Project.
Cheryl’s national choreographic credits include skirt work choreography for Urban Ballet Theater’s “Kid from Elysian Fields,” Moving Van’s “Peter and the Wolf” and other works. Regional credits include her “French Can-Can” for the River Region Ballet, “At What Price Love – a Tango” for the Loyola Ballet and “An American Can-Can,” “Tarantella,” “Ragtime,” and “Gypsy” for Komenka. Cheryl’s commercial work includes appearances in local commercials and several conventions in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Mississippi, as well as appearances for Anne Rice’s Memnoch Ball and the movie “Interview with a Vampire.”
With Komenka, Cheryl has performed nationally on stages in Alabama, Texas, Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia and Mississippi and has toured internationally with Komenka through Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, France and many, many other countries. She is looking forward to the upcoming summer tour! Cheryl continues to teach and choreograph for the Loyola University New Orleans Ballet Preparatory Program, as well as teach company class for Komenka. She feels truly blessed to be a member of the New Orleans Dance Community!
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