• Sherry Moray - Founder and Artistic Director

    • Founder & Artistic Director - The Academy of Dance Arts
    • Master Instructor & Coach - Ballet Program
    • Choreographer
    • Artistic Director - Academy Dance Alliance and Pre-Professional Ballet Program
    • Alliance Director - Ballet Teams
    • Dance Magazine Award, "Outstanding Teacher of the Year"
    • 4 Time Winner Youth America Grand Prix "Most Outstanding Studio" (2000, 2003, 2013, 2014)
    • 3 Time Winner Youth America Grand Prix "Most Outstanding Teacher" (2000, 2009, 2012)
    • 1st Place Winner - International Ballet Choreography Competition (1996 - "Under the Shroud of Heaven")
  • Prima Ballerina Sherry Moray had an international career dancing for the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany. Her career continued as Principal Ballerina for the Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Chicago, as well as guest artist with various ballet companies throughout the United States and Europe.

    At the age of 12, in a master class given by Ballet Mistress Anne Woolliams, the legendary choreographer, John Cranko, noticed Ms. Moray. She was then invited to come to Stuttgart, Germany where she was offered a full scholarship to train at the internationally renowned School of the Stuttgart Ballet (Cranko Schule) and became a member of the company at the age of 16. Upon returning to the United States, she joined the Chicago City Ballet as Principal Ballerina and was coached extensively by legendary Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Maria Tallchief over an 11 year period.

    Throughout Ms. Moray’s distinguished career, she has triumphed with rave reviews for many of her poignant portrayals. Among the most significant roles from the repertoire she has performed include: the title role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, as Rosalinda in Ruth Page’s Die Fledermaus, the lead in Allegro Brillante, 1st violin in Concerto Barocco, the Sanguinic section from The Four Temperaments, the role of Terpsichore in Apollo, and numerous other Balanchine works. Dancing the title role of Cinderella, she was described as “Exquisite… when she is on stage, all eyes focus on Sherry Moray as Cinderella. Her physical build is fragile enough to convey the constitution of a Princess, but her control allows each wilting collapse of a limb to be artistically achieved.” In her partnership with International Varna Gold Medalist, Maximilianno Guerro, they were hailed for their performances in both Don Quixote and Le Corsaire. For the Famed Edinburgh Festival, the world premiere of the ballet Les Sirens was created for Ms. Moray. London critics declared Ms. Moray… “An enchanting Ballerina” and dubbed her as a “Star that was introduced to the Edinburgh Festival.”

    As Director of The Academy of Dance Arts, Ms. Moray firmly believes in the value of dance education in all the Dance Arts. Already in Ms. Moray’s 25 years of teaching and private coaching, she is producing dancers who are making careers as professionals in major World-Class Dance Companies in the U.S. and in Europe. Her students have been offered full scholarships to attend summer programs to such major dance schools as: Pacific Northwest, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, Alabama Ballet, Harid Conservatory, the Royal Ballet School in England, the Cranko Schule (school of the famous Stuttgart Ballet), School of the Ballets de Monte Carlo, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Miami City Ballet, to name a few.

    Ms. Moray’s career has extended to choreographic pursuits. In September of 1996, her choreography credits were recognized. She won 1st place in the International Sarasota Ballet choreography Competition for her ballet Under the Shroud of Heaven. In 1999, Ms. Moray’s ballet Delibes Variations was chosen as the closing ballet for the Regional Dance America Festival and was performed by the highly acclaimed Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to a standing ovation. One of Ms. Moray’s most recent works to start the millennium was Echoes of Romance, commissioned by the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. In June of 2000, Ms. Moray’s first story ballet Once Upon a Dream was given its’ premiere in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Whitaker Performing Arts Center. Reviewed as “an appropriately featured mid-length story ballet, Once Upon a Dream is charming, imaginative and an excellent multi-layered catalyst for some remarkable dancing and effects.” In 2001, Ms. Moray featured her newest story ballet La Boutique Fantasque and the dynamic and sensual Pas de Deux All My Love to standing ovations. 2002 brought the newest larger work from Moray – the soaring Concerto Grosso that premiered at the Regional Dance America Gala in Dayton, Ohio. Miss Moray has re-staged the outstanding Echoes of Romance and premiered her award-winning work English String Suite in Chicago for the Academy of Dance Arts students.

    In 2006, Moray created the work Pandora’s Lesson as a 2-Act full Story Ballet, which teaches children and adults the importance of being grateful for one’s blessings and to heed an obey warnings that are meant to protect us. Recent works receiving accolades for their creativity have been Marché Militaire and Ancient Airs and Dances in 2008/2009. Miss Moray is proud to also be the Artistic Director of the National Award winning Academy Dance Alliance Competing & Performance Company, creating exciting, innovative, choreography for the Alliance dancers of all ages, and passing on to her students love for the Art of Ballet and excellence in technique for all the Dance Arts. 

  • Awards and Accolades

     

     

  • 1996 – 1st Place – Sarasota Ballet International Choreography Competition - "Under the Shroud of Heaven"

    2000 – Most Outstanding School Award – Youth America Grand Prix

    2000 – Regional and Overall Junior 1st place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Jordan Gazdziak

    2000 – Dance Magazine Award – Most Outstanding Instructor - Youth America Grand Prix

    2001 – First Place Overall Junior Regional Youth America Grand Prix - Heather Chin

    2001 – International Junior Grand Prix Winner: Heather Chin

    2001 – Most Outstanding Choreography Award – for Ballettsaal – Youth America Grand Prix

    2003 – Most Outstanding School Award – Youth America Grand Prix

    2003 – Feature Cover Story for Dance Teacher Magazine “Sherry Moray - Artistic Excellence Meets Studio Savvy”

    2003 – Most Outstanding Choreography Award – for the work English String Suite - Youth America Grand Prix

    2003 – Hope Award Youth America Grand Prix: Alexis Caruso

    2003 – International Senior 1st Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Angelina Zuccarini

    2008 - First Place Junior Regional Award - Maddie Klein

    2009 – Regional Senior 2nd Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Lauren Baznik

    2009 – Regional Junior 1st Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Leah Christianson

    2009 – Most Outstanding Teacher Award - Youth America Grand Prix

    2010 – Regional Senior 1st Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Lauren Baznik

    2010 – Regional Senior 3rd Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Marissa DeBenedictis

    2010 – International 1st Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Leah Christianson

    2010 – International Senior Top Ten Honoree, Youth America Grand Prix: Lauren Baznik, Received a full scholarship to the Cranko Schule, School of the Superb Stuttgart Ballet

    2011 - Regional Pre-Competitive 2nd Place Award, Youth America Grand Prix: Viktorija Dragunas

    2012 - Most Outstanding Teacher Special Award (Youth American Grand Prix)

    2013 - Outstanding School Special Award (Youth America Grand Prix)

    2014 - Outstanding School Special Award (Youth America Grand Prix)

    ~ Miss Moray has consistently had her Dancers place in the top 12 Classical and Contemporary Divisions both Regionally and Internationally  from 1999 to Present.