Sheryl Pollard-Thomas (she/her)
Sheryl Pollard-Thomas is a dancer, choreographer, and internationally recognized dance educator with over thirty years of experience. A D.C. native, Sheryl Pollard-Thomas’ training includes Bernice Hammond’s Northeast Academy of Dance, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (HS). S.U.N.Y.@ Purchase College is where she received a B.F.A. in Dance. She was also trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School on a Merit Scholarship. Ms. Pollard-Thomas has conducted master classes in the Lester Horton dance technique in Italy, Germany, Detroit, NYC, Miami, and Boston. She has served as Co-Chair of the Department of Dance at the Boston Arts Academy for twelve years and dance teacher for 19 years. She served as Adjunct Professor at Harvard University, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and dance teacher at The Jeannette Neil Dance School, Origination Cultural Arts Center, and dance residency at Boston University. Ms. Pollard-Thomas is proficient in Modern, Ballet, and Jazz dance techniques. She is the Residential Director, Assistant Director and teacher/choreographer for Earl Mosley’s Institute for The Arts Summer Intensive and year-round programs. In May of 2014, Ms. Pollard-Thomas received the 2014 Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Award from Arts|Learning for her outstanding contributions to the promotion of artistic excellence within Massachusetts. Her professional credits include principal dancer with the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company, Mafata Dance Company, Michiyo and Dancers and Detroit City Dance Company. She has toured Japan, Italy, Germany, Vienna, Aruba, Jamaica for various dance companies and Musical Theater productions. While performing in various musical productions she was afforded the opportunity to work with such notable choreographers as George Faison, Mercedes Ellington, Graciella Danielle, Judith Jamison, and Gene Anthony Ray, as a dancer and/or assistant choreographer. Currently Ms. Pollard-Thomas resides in MD. and she is the Founding and Lead Instructor of Dance at Maurice J. McDonough High School. She is dance faculty at City Dance DREAMS, and adjunct faculty at George Mason. Assistant Director and Residential Director at Earl Mosley’s Institute of The Arts.
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