Creative Arts Teaching Artists and Staff

CREATIVE ARTS STUDIO TEACHING ARTISTS ARE A GROUP OF SEASONED PROFESSIONALS TRAINED IN THE ARTS
WHO SHARE THEIR PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE IN THEIR AREAS OF EXPERTISE

photo by julie lemberger

Meet Our Teaching Artists!
At Creative Arts Studio, joy has always been the focus of our teaching practice. Each of our instructors aim to foster not only their students' dance technique, but their self confidence and sense of community. 
 
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Sherri Hellman, Director/Producer

       Sherri graduated from Adelphi University in 1989 with a BFA in Dance. Since then, she has worked with many choreographers including: Sara Hook, Murray Louis, Sabrina Peck, Joanna Mendl Shaw and many others. She spent 10 years performing with Janis Brenner and Dancers, both touring and teaching throughout the United States and abroad. While dancing professionally, Sherri also taught at numerous after-school programs throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Some of which include: Brooklyn Preparatory Center for Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, the 92nd Street Y, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. In 1992, Sherri began teaching creative movement classes in Cobble Hill. Due to the growth of her classes she opened the Creative Arts Studio in 1995. Since then her role at Creative Arts Studio has been Director, Producer, Teacher, Administrator, Graphic Designer, and anything else imaginable. Through Creative Arts Studio, Sherri has provided her students with many exciting performance opportunities. Some of these include: appearances on the Nickelodeon Television Network and VH1’s Rupaul Show, participation in festivals throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan including the Paul Taylor Youth Showcase, and performances with professional dance companies. She is now entering into her 23rd year of business and is proud to see that Creative Arts Studio has blossomed into a nurturing place where children can find their own way of expressing themselves, whether it’s through singing, dancing, acting, writing or even knitting. Creative Arts has become a place of discovery. Through her travels, Sherri has had the luxury of teaching a diverse group of children from all cultures which has been a large influence for her in developing a strong program at Creative Arts. She is a firm believer that dance is a form of self-expression that can enhance all aspects of a child’s life. In 2007, Sherri was proud to have opened a second location in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn where she continues to Give the Gift of Self-Expression throughout the Brooklyn community.  She is also responsible for bringing the CASA Montessori Pre-School into this second location and is now excited to announce that she will be expanding her program to include not only the performing arts, but also the visual arts year round. Not only does she foster the growth of each student that enters her studios, Sherri is also the proud mother of her one and only Raine Alexander Hellman.