Sheri Belmont

Studio Director

Sheri has had a deep love of the arts all of her life. Growing up in Philadelphia, she was exposed to music and theater at a very young age and has been surrounded by her father’s artwork all of her life. While being a stay home mom, she trained and became licensed as a Kindermusik instructor and taught in her home studio for 2 years. Wanting to branch out and offer her own program less focused on musical instruction, she began designing lesson plans using her own children as her inspiration. When her daughter’s dance studio was closing in 2012, she took over the space, opened her own studio, and discovered her unexpected new path in life. A very bumpy path that honed her skills and tested her conviction. She learned that she loved producing shows, collaborating with teachers to create memorable performances, working within the community to provide performances to seniors and schools, and most importantly, offering all her students a meaningful performing arts education experience. Sheri feels a deep responsibility to provide her students with good quality training that will help them grow as artists and enrich their lives. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to dance and welcomes anyone who wishes to learn in her studio. After 8 years, she is more excited than ever to share her vision and build Belmont Center into a welcoming and safe environment that nurtures a love of dance and performing arts in her students and her community.

Sheila Cook

Student Company Director, Dance Instructor

Sheila is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance and a Business Management Minor from Carlson School of Business. At age 16, she was cast by audition for a performing internship with Vox Medusa Dance Company. She has now been with the company for 12 years performing feature roles as well as becoming a choreographer, rehearsal director and co-director for many of the productions. Her favorite places she has performed are Leeds Castle and Sadlers Wells Theatre (London England), for the company Red Bull at the Wesiman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN), for A Dim Image Dessert Theatre’s musical Gigi at the Southern Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), and for the American Heart Association (Minneapolis, MN). Most recently, her work with Vox Medusa Dance Company received the Audience Choice Award at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in both 2014 and 2015.

Sheila has also choreographed for numerous companies throughout the Twin Cities and has taught dance for the past 11 years. She has worked both on stage and in music videos. Sheila has also directed, designed, and choreographed plays and musicals for Stillwater Area Schools and Community Theatre, Simley Junior and Senior High School, River Falls Community Theatre, and A Dim Image Dessert Theatre. She has worked with young children to working professionals and enjoys bringing out the best in every performer at every level. In 2015, Sheila received Outstanding Overall Performance, Outstanding Performance by a Chorus, and Outstanding Acting by a Chorus by the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Awards for her directing and choreography of Hairspray for Simley High School. Sheila’s students were among one of the 25 schools chosen out of 77 high schools from all over Minnesota competing in the Spotlight Awards to earn the privilege of performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. Sheila loves to challenge dancers both technically and creatively so they can become well rounded dancers and succeed in their goals.

Melissa Guffey

Dance Instructor, Admin Assistant

Melissa has been dancing for over 20 years. She has previously danced with Braided Light Dance Project, Firefall Dance Theater, Morgan Brown Dance Co., RED Company Real.Edge.Dance, and D&D Dance Studio. She has also performed in Orlando, Florida for Disney’s Magic Music Days. Melissa has formerly taught at Dianna Durkin Dance Studio (OH), Bedford Dance Academy (MI), World of Dance (FL), Magnolia Dance Academy (SC), and All About Dance & so much more (OH). Melissa graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron in English and Dance, plus she earned her Master of Education degree from the University of North Florida in 2015. She has co-choreographed The Nutcracker, produced and choreographed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and recently choreographed Hello, Dolly at Cardinal Stritch High School. Fun fact: Melissa has been in over 15 musicals!

Sadie McNamara

Dance Instructor

Sadie is a Dancer, Dance/Yoga Teacher, and Choreographer born and raised in NY. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2016 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University at Buffalo and continued her training at Broadway Dance Center. She has performed at multiple venues throughout New York City dancing with various companies and at sea on Viking Ocean Cruise Line as lead dancer. Teaching has become such a valued part of her life whether teaching young minds, adult minds, or Yogis. Through dance, she has gained so much, and hopes to encourage those she encounters to always follow their dreams. Sadie is so thrilled to be sharing her passion for dance with the wonderful dancers at Belmont Center for Performing Arts.

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