About Our School

Mrs. Cheryl Siegfried - Founder, Owner, Teacher

Founder of Seneca School of Performing Arts and Seneca School of Ballet, Cheryl’s experience in the Arts began at Syracuse University where she held a dual major in piano and voice, while continuing her ballet training at Syracuse Ballet Theatre. After moving to New York City, she trained in ballet with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Nicolai School of Ballet, and the Carnegie School of Ballet at Carnegie Hall. She danced at Radio City Music Hall for 2 seasons before touring the country with several Broadway based shows. In 1979 she married and is blessed with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Cheryl and her husband have been in full time music and dance ministry for the past 37 years and are very excited to see what the Lord will do this year at Seneca School of Performing Arts!

Laura Smock, Instructor in Ballet, Tap & Modern Dance

Laura grew up in Corning, NY, training in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Irish Dance and later pursued her BA in Dance from SUNY Potsdam.  Soon after, she moved to NYC and continued her growth in performance and choreography while dancing and traveling with Illumination Dance Company.  Laura’s training over the years has consisted of many professional intensives and workshops where she has been able to work closely with icons such as; members of Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane Dance Company, Bill Evans, Gerri Houlihan and Jesse Zaritt.  Laura has been teaching Modern, Tap, Creative Movement and Ballet since 2017and is excited to meet new dancers and explore their artistic minds in her classes.  In addition to dancing, Laura is passionate about the human body and overall human experience where she ties Yoga and Holistic Healing into her everyday life.

The Studio

The School focuses on training young dancers, vocalists, musicians, and actors, in excellence to use their gifts and talents to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We offer classes in Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap, Modern, “Mom’s Dance Classes”  as well as private lessons in Piano and Voice.

Because of the annual student participation in the productions, Seneca School of Performing Arts offer the young performing artists a unique opportunity to grow, study, and perform in a healthy, Christ-centered enviornment. The director and the teachers of the school have been called to develop each student to the best of their potential in their individual talents.

Registration is now through September 1st 2024