Cheri Orr grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, receiving classical training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance under the direction of Victoria Fedine, Gayle Corkery, Julie Ballew, and Dian Clough West. She performed with Danse Vivant, Corkery Youth Ballet, and in many musical theater productions. Cheri graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. She was the founding president of Belhaven's DOXA dance club and danced with Ballet Magnificat! II and Belhaven Dance Ensemble during her time there. At Belhaven, she had the opportunity to work with Kathy Thibodeaux, Rick Faucher, Lauri Worrill-Biggs, Stephen Wynne, Randall Flinn, and Marc Arentsen. Cheri moved to Colorado Springs in 2001 and began performing with Ormao Dance Company and teaching dance in the community. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor and has been teaching ballet, modern dance, creative movement, and Pilates for various dance studios, schools, churches, corporate offices, Memorial Healthlink, and the YMCA ever since. She also enjoys collaborating with her fine artist husband and being the home educator of their four children. Cheri is passionate to teach the joy of movement, technical skill, and healthy body mechanics to eager students, and is thrilled to share this passion at UCCS.