Miss Cheryl cochran

BSED/Elementary Education MAED/Special Education


Cheryl’s background in dance and performing arts dates back to the early 1960’s. She has an extensive resume in dance and theatre garnering numerous awards for directing, choreography, vocal, and acting.


Cheryl is a special education teacher for the Ocean Beach School District and Drama Club director. She has worked in special education for nine years and taught dance for over 40 years. Cheryl has directed over 100 productions in studios across the United States and locally.


“I will always be part of bringing the love of dance and performing arts and light it shines to our children!”


Cheryl’s Highlights:

· Creator and Director of the Urban Theatre Project – Virginia Beach Juvenile Courts

· Awarded Volunteer of the Year for City of Virginia Beach

· High School Competition Theatre Director – Virginia Beach

· Summer Youth Theatre Director

· Multiple awards from Palm Desert Theatre Guild

· Artistic Director of Old Broads Way Performing Arts, High Desert Theatre

· Dance and Theatre teacher at Encore Dance Studio

· Choreographer for film, Last Chance, directed by Bryan Cranston


“It is with gratitude, everyday, that I get to do what I love and share a talent that makes me and so many others smile. I look forward to bringing dance to our peninsula youth and adults."


Meet Miss Ani

Annika Kay received her Master’s of Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography, with a minor in film from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2007. She attended the Orange Co. H.S. of the Arts and then graduated with honors in only 3 years from Cal State University of Fullerton for her bachelor’s degree as valedictorian, giving the graduation speech for her class, and as a member of both the National Dean’s List and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She has produced and performed in numerous contemporary dance performances in the Southern California area, such as ONLY HUMAN and RelationShipwrecked : A Tragic Comedy. Annika has worked collaboratively with well renowned dance companies such as Catch Me Bird and Rosanna Gamson Worldwide.