Cheryl Copeland graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Having studied and performed extensively in Florida, New York, Texas, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, her training and technical expertise are reflected in her classes and choreography. She has worked under such notable choreographers as Mia Michaels, Milton Myers, Lisa Hopkins, and Kim Bears-Bailey. Finding her true passion behind the scenes, Cheryl gave up a career in performing for a much more fulfilling career in choreography and education. She has served as resident choreographer for Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area, and as artistic director of pre-professional companies; Breakthru Dance, DAC PAC, and Humnz Dance Ensemble, as well as her professional company BHumn Dance Company. She owned BHumn DanceSpace, the leading training facility for modern dance in Austin, TX for four years and then retired as owner and headed to NYC to serve as the Director of Education at Peridance Capezio Center, where is she is still head of their audition tour and communications. She finds herself creatively pushed in dance administration as much as she does in choreography.
As an educator, Cheryl’s students have received countless awards and scholarships, and gone on to dance with artists such as Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and can be seen in numerous national commercials. Many of her students find themselves pursuing dance degrees at various colleges all over the United States including Juilliard, SUNY Purchase, NYU, and Boston Conservatory amongst others. As a choreographer, she has won several awards including a Choreography Under the Stars finalist cash award, a Young Choreographer’s award from NYCDA, and has just completed a full length work on the Fordham Ailey BFA students. These choreographic praises keep Cheryl in demand amongst studios all over the country. Previously, Cheryl has been an instructor at Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Edge PAC, Ballet Austin, Peridance Capezio Center, and Broadway Dance Center. Cheryl is looking forward to all of the new opportunities and adventures coming her way and trusts that because of her diverse background, hands on approach, and her ever changing creative mind, she will continue creating innovative work and cultivating beautiful talent for years to come!
It is the mission of DAC PAC to cultivate a versatile dancer and to prepare students for a successful career in the dance field. Beyond technical training, it is our goal to teach life skills that will assist students in any path they may choose to take. We attempt to produce authentic, well rounded people who excel in all areas of dance and life.
It is the mission of Humans On Tour to provide imperative individualized feedback to dancers to assist in their immediate growth. Through critique of their pieces in any stage of the process, faculty adapts their classes for the weekend to suit the needs of the students. It is our goal to teach dancers to speak about dance and to understand the necessity of conversation about their art.
BHumn Dance Forum
It is the mission of The BHumn Dance Forum to promote rapid growth of artistry in each dancer. The focus is on self exploration and discovery. Through intense training in many genres emphasizing cross training and the cross application of knowledge, we cultivate a safe environment for dancers to take risk and learn from each other while solidifying their technique and creating a solid foundation both physically and mentally. The Forum includes a heavy emphasis in ballet, modern, and current contemporary concert dance forms. It is a great training ground for anyone college bound.