My pre-professional career began as a dancer in classical ballets like ‘Swan Lake,’ ‘The Nutcracker’, and ‘Cinderella,' and my professional career began in Pittsburgh where I performed with the Mary Miller Dance Company and Playhouse Dance Theatre. I then lived in Japan for 6 months, where I performed in the "Hollywood Dance and Magic Show." Discovering my love of traveling internationally through my Japan experience, I then danced in many shows on cruise ships around the world, with Holland America and Radisson Seven Seas Cruise Lines. Other productions and dance companies I've taken part in vary greatly, from the Irish dance spectacular, "Spirit of the Dance," to children's shows in Korea, to musicals like "Hello Dolly" (with Musical Theater West in Los Angeles)and jazz dance companies such as New York’s "Le Masquerade." Once I had a lead role in an off-Broadway production as "Cynthia" in "The Fairy Playz" (Chashama Theater, 42nd St., New York City). My fondest memory of my early years as a young dancer in New York was when I performed in a Japanese television show called "Music-Enta," filmed in the heart of Times Square - a program I danced in and choreographed. My contemporary choreography has appeared in the opera "Dr. Faustus," produced by Princeton Theater and television - MSG Channel, New York City, and cruise ship shows produced by PGT Entertainment. I also performed with the contemporary dance group Amanda Turner Project in New York City. In 2004, I published a 340-page book that tells all about how a young aspiring dancer can achieve success in the world of dance.Called the "Dance Information Sourcebook," this book sells on Amazon.com, and is currently being used as a textbook in several university dance programs in the US.
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Nowadays my focus is on using dance to make a difference, particularly in fundraising and creating awareness about human rights issues. Please click here for more information and scroll down to "Charity-Benefit Dance Classes." For the last several years, I have been teaching dance and choreographing all over the world. Click here for information about my dance teaching career.
Dancing is my passion, and I have been lucky enough to travel to more than 50 countries and 45 US states with my career as a professional dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and dance competition judge. Growing up in a small town near Allentown, Pennsylvania, my mom put me in dance lessons when I was just 5 years old. By the age of 12, I knew I wanted to make this my career. It was then that I began delivering newspapers to pay for more dance classes. The hard work paid off, and at age 15, I was one of the 30 dancers selected from over 800 who auditioned to attend the full-scholarship Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Later, I was accepted into the pre-professional ballet company, Lehigh Valley Ballet Company, and then attended the prestigious Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, earning a B.A. degree in Dance (honors) with a concentration in Jazz. During the summers of my college years, I also studied, and performed in ballet directed by with Alicia Alonso of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and was a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.
Cheryl Lynn Obal