Cheryl Upper (Quiacos), Director, teacher, choreographer
Cheryl Quiacos Upper, B.A, A.R.A.D., RAD RTS, AAC, PAA
is an innovative choreographer, passionate dance teacher and the owner of CDM Dance & Music in Toronto (Conservatory of Dance & Music). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama and French from the University of Toronto. With 20 years of teaching experience, Cheryl holds registered teacher and associate status of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and has performed the Solo Seal Award exam. Mentored by RAD Dual Examiner, Cynthia Fisher, Cheryl has a keen eye for technical detail and a soft spot for the gift of performance in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acro. Cheryl was a national-level gymnast herself with NCCP coaching accreditation. Cheryl is a graduate of The Ailey School™ in New York City where she trained intensively in Horton, Graham and Dunham Contemporary Techniques, jazz and ballet. She has worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Talley Beatty, Elisa Monte and Judith Marcuse and has performed at Harlem's famous Apollo Theatre. Cheryl danced professionally touring throughout the Netherlands and Belgium with Koninklijk Theatre Carré show Marco Tempest Magic for the Next Millennium. Mrs. Upper has been recognized and awarded for her innovative choreography by nationally recognized adjudication affiliations and she is a proud member of the PAA (Professional Adjudication Association).
Cheryl's passion for the arts extends into the film industry. She has been an established stunt performer within Toronto's film and television industry since 1999. She was a stunt double and assistant choreographer on feature film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World starring Michael Cera and was the movement coordinator on Vincenzo Natale's Splice starring Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley. Cheryl was the lead stunt double for actors Tia Carrere in Relic Hunter and Vivica A. Fox in Missing. Other Television and film credits include: The Love Guru, The Day After Tomorrow, and Resident Evil Apocalypse, Total Recall with Colin Farrell, Repomen and Repo! The Genetic Opera with Paris Hilton and Natali Reznik (SYTYCD Canada).