Kerri received her M.F.A in Dance from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet and OU Opera Theatre, and was the recipient of awards for choreography and contributions to the arts. She performed soloist and principal roles with Gainesville Ballet, Bighouse Dance Theatre, Anton del Calizon’s Fusion Flamenco, and as a guest artist. She studied the art of dance pedagogy under the direction of Diane Callahan and Mary Margaret Holt, and attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training Seminar 2012 and 2013. Kerri coaches classical works, has produced and choreographed evening length story ballets and concerts of contemporary dance. She is currently studying for Yoga Teacher Certification. Before relocating to Indiana with her husband and young son, Kerri was a Director of the USC Dance Conservatory and Instructor in the USC Dance Program.
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An Evansville native, Amy Scharf began her dance education under Clarice Duffy at the University of Evansville Ballet and Deena Laska at the Evansville Dance Theatre. She majored in English Composition, Education, and Theatre Performance at the University of Evansville, choreographing and dancing in various theatre department productions including Evita and Godspell. Moving to Los Angeles, she studied dance under Stephan Wenta at The Dancer’s Studio, as well as Charles and Phillip Fuller at Le Studio. While at Le Studio, she performed in DanceCorp’s The Nutcracker from 1997-2001. She taught English, dance, and drama for the Los Angeles and Pasadena School Districts and received her master’s degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University. Amy and her family moved back to Evansville in 2003 where she taught English and theatre at Signature School and established the school’s International Baccalaureate Dance program in 2011. Currently, Amy teaches dual-credit English and theatre at Early College High School on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College. She is a board member of CYPRESS (Committee to Promote Respect in Schools), the University of Evansville Theatre Society, and Ballet Indiana. She continues to lead dance workshops across North America for the International Baccalaureate Organization.
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Sarah Swanson hails from New Jersey where she began her dance training with Princeton Dance and Theater. Sarah has performed in many classical and contemporary works including Coppélia, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Pas de Quatre, Peter and the Wolf, Serenade, Symphonie Italienne, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, and Walpurgisnacht. She was coached on the variation “Terpsichore” from Balanchine’s Apollo by former New York City Ballet principal, Nilas Martins. Sarah has attended summer programs with American Ballet Theater and The Orlando Ballet. She is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University attending on academic scholarships, and receiving a B.F.A. in Ballet Performance. Sarah is excited to continue to grow as a dancer and artist. She is excited to begin her first year teaching at SBI.
Benjamin is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, where he was trained at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He attended Indiana University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Religious Studies. Benjamin has danced professionally with Ballet Memphis, Alberta Ballet, and Smuin Contemporary American Ballet. Mr. Warner has had the great privilege of teaching around the United States and Canada, he currently lives, dances and teaches in San Francisco.