French-Vietnamese born Cherie Lanier was exposed to Latin dance at the early age of 7. She learned Cha Cha and Rhumba as social favorites, and was formally trained in ballet. Cherie also began exploring a number of musical instruments and learned how to play the piano, guitar and flute. The joys of dance and music Cherie experienced in her youth ignited a fire that continues to burn today.
After studying Political Science and Foreign Languages at Morehead State University, Cherie forged a career in competitive dance and instruction with Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and continued her studies in Smooth and Rhythm dance styles. Cherie later expanded her training in Salsa, Rueda de Casino and Argentine Tango, and is committed to sharing her love of these forms with all ages.
Cherie has consistently worked with after school programs, teaching students from five to 11 years old. She has coached several dance teams, including a teenage performance troupe who excited audiences throughout local area, and was the Artist-in-Residence at the Oldham Co. Arts Center in 2009. While Cherie’s unique artistic background qualifies her to teach over 20 different dance styles, she is most passionate about Latin dance styles. She believes the high energy of Salsa and the intimate connectivity of Tango brings balance to her entire dance repertoire.