Cheryl began her dance training in Chicago at age three studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz, making it her life-long love. She has performed in many ballets and musicals on stage, television and on tour. Cheryl graduated magna cum laude from Barat College
, Lake Forest, Illinois and spent one year abroad at Oxford University
. During college, and while abroad, she continued to study and perform ballet with the college’s repertory company and at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Her most recent ballet credits include The Nutcracker
with Bay Ballet Theatre
in Tampa, Florida. Her musical theatre choreography credits include Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Crazy for You, The King and I, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, Grease
and West Side Story.
Since 1989, her studio’s performing group, The Showstoppers
, have been entertaining audiences across America and internationally, including on board Carnival Cruise Lines
, in Jamaica and Mexico, at Walt Disney World, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, South Seaport Pier and Marriott Marquis in New York City. Cheryl Lee is also founding director of Les Jeunes Danseurs Youth Ballet
. Graduates of her programs have performed in Broadway shows including: Lion King, Fosse, Movin Out, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
, on cruise ships, and in Miami City Ballet, Colorado Ballet
, and New York City Ballet
. As Director of "Friends of Dance
" a non-profit arts organization, Cheryl produced "Celebrate St. Petersburg
" starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. She is known nationally as a Master Teacher and Show Director for I LOVE DANCE.
Karen was dancing at age four and teaching dance at age fifteen. Her great success at educating others in the Art of Dance made the decision to devote her life to it very easy. She is dedicated to having her students excel at Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics and even Baton--but her greatest love and area of expertise is Tap! She is known as a Master Tap Teacher herself and still her ongoing studies have been at the "feet" of the Master Tap Teachers who are known world-wide as famous, old-school Hoofers. She has performed on Television, in USO
shows and at Theme Parks. She has choreographed numbers and entire musicals for Universities and Theaters and Beauty Pageants. Karen has taught non-stop in Florida since 1984. For more than twenty-five years, she has encouraged many students towards performing and teaching careers. Miss Karen had many students who were selected as members of the ILD Sweetheart Group
- including her own dancing daughters. One of her daughters, Sarah Lundy, operates her own Dance Studio in the Orlando, Florida area (Sarah's School of Dance
) and is indeed following in her Mother's footsteps. Mrs. Lundy has been part of the I LOVE DANCE
Directing Staff for over twelve years.