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About Sherrilyn

Sherrilyn's lengthy history of dance training and performance began with jazz, tap, and modern. She studied with Ariel Weiss Holyst, Karen Carlson, Kim Maniscalco, Karen Dearborn, Melissa Pomeroy, and Shelley Oliver, among others. Then she added fusion bellydance to the mix, melding her background in other dance styles with her newer training in American, Egyptian, and Turkish bellydance technique. This was followed by training in west African and hip-hop, all while maintaining her interest in jazz, tap, modern, and bellydance.

Now Sherrilyn is a true fusion dancer, performing and teaching a mix of bellydance, tap, jazz, modern, west African, and hip-hop. In additional to solo and duet work with Krista Sassani, she is a Core Facilitation Team member in PURE Philadelphia.

She's had the pleasure of many memorable experiences, including:

  • studying with master teachers in the art of Middle Eastern Dance (Kaeshi Chai, Artemis Mourat, Hadia, Morocco, Tamalyn Dallal, Ariellah, et al.)
  • studying with master tap dancers (Dorothy Wasserman, Germain Ingram, Andrew Nemr, Lane Alexander, et al.)
  • performing as dancer and chorus in Muhlenberg College's The Pajama Game
  • studying with Jimmy Payne, Jr., and performing his choreography with Impulse Tap
  • being a featured afternoon gala performer in Leyla Jouvana's European Oriental Dance Festival in Duisburg Germany
  • winning People's Choice in a Bellydancer USA competition
  • appearing in Stars and Stripes thumbnail
  • meeting the Village People during a PURE performance at PRIDE Philadelphia
  • starring in Tanya Picard's theatrical dance about Medea
  • joining Evolution Dance Theatre in Toronto
  • performing to live music
  • performing with Bellyqueen in their full-length theatrical production of Journey Along the Silk Road