Cherice Barton is a choreographer, creative director and educator based both in Los Angeles and New York City. Her students have gone on to book prominent roles for both stage and screen such as Hamilton, Sleep No More, Hello Dolly, Chicago and West Side Story on Broadway, Euphoria, Rent Live, Fosse/Verdon for television, and the West Side Story and In the Heights films. Cherice is proud to say many of her dancers are currently assisting choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh and Ryan Heffington, dancing for leading contemporary companies such as Hubbard Street, LA Dance Project and NDT II, and booking commercial jobs with artists such as Sam Smith, Katy Perry and Lorde. She is currently adjunct faculty at Pace University’s Commercial Dance BFA program, and has been a guest teacher/choreographer at the Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan, NYU Tisch, SUNY Purchase, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara. She has also served as faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.
Cherice is the eldest of the three Barton sisters, all successful creatives in the dance industry. She is the co-founder of educational and non-profit dance platform Axis Connect, a bicoastal summer program supporting emerging and professional dance artists as they embark on their careers. Her approach to teaching encompasses her family’s deep understanding of the demands of the industry today, and the tools dancers need in order to achieve success. Her passion is to develop well rounded artists open to exploring multiple career possibilities, who understand the importance of networking, and seek to push the boundaries of the industry.
Cherice’s career as a dancer, choreographer and creative director has spanned 30 years in over 30 countries, with credits including work for American Ballet Theater, America’s Got Talent, The Grammys, BJM Danse, Lucasfilm Animation, NBC’s Bring the Funny, and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, among numerous others. Her creative process is born from her experience and stems from her workshops and classes, in which you are invited to join her on a journey of collaborative discovery. While she enjoys sharing her knowledge and artistry and challenging you with physically demanding contemporary choreography, she is also uniquely interested in the individual strengths that each dancer brings to the room. Her classes are often titled contemporary fusion or contemporary jazz, but they are not solely technique classes. Inspired by all mediums of the industry today, she pushes your creative boundaries and preconceived ideas of choreography by exploring multiple artistic possibilities within the same steps or combination. She enjoys storytelling through movement and seeks to discover the human behind every dancer. She is also interested in the why of dance, and in her classes, she asks you to consider the fundamental question: what moves you?
The Barton sisters have a wonderful grasp on how to train and inspire artists of the 21st century, connecting rigorous practice with exploration and innovation.
– Alicia Graf Mack (Director, The Juilliard School Dance Division)