University of Arizona
School of Dance

Sherry Zunker

Arizona Jazz

Dance Showcase

September 27-29, 2024

Guest Faculty

Sherry Zunker is an established director, choreographer, creator, and educator whose work covers the concert dance realm, musical theater, corporate entertainment, production shows, television, video, and film.

Sherry is the Founder of BeMoved®, a company passionate about sharing the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities. Her belief that movement expressed through dance and music has a transformative power that enriches lives inspired her to create BeMoved. BeMoved serves communities in 13 US states, Canada, and Australia. BeMoved holds trademarks in 29 European countries. Currently, Sherry teaches for her BeMoved ON-Demand Digital Studio and has developed a library of over 150 videos of BeMoved classes and educational content. The Digital Studio provides classes in Levels 1-3 and Gentle BeMoved and serves people all over the globe. In addition to BeMoved, Sherry’s teaching career spans over 45 years. She has taught for many universities, dance companies, festivals, intensive workshops, and predominant dance institutions.

Sherry was an Artistic Director of River North Dance Chicago (RNDC) from 1990 to As Artistic Director, she choreographed numerous works for the company, one of them being the signature piece “Reality of a Dreamer,” which also became the finale piece for the award-winning televised documentary of the same name. Sherry also commissioned the work of many choreographers to compile the company’s diverse, engaging repertoire. Ms. Zunker created River North Chicago’s dance education program for inner-city schools entitled “Street Beat.” This program exposed how trends in American culture affect the ever-changing face of American jazz dance. In addition to the works she created for River North, Sherry has choreographed and set her dance pieces for many dance companies, including the Joffrey Ballet and Giordano Dance Chicago and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. Sherry’s work in musical theatre has been mainly in the Fosse realm, and she directed seven casts of “Chicago the Musical” for Royal Caribbean’s Broadway venture. She has also worked as a creator, director, and choreographer on over 40 productions for The Cruise Ship Industry.

Before taking on the roles of director and choreographer, Zunker had a diverse performance career. She danced with Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, was a principal dancer with Giordano Dance Chicago, worked with Bob Fosse as a soloist in “Dancin’,” and danced under choreographers Ann Reinking and Chet Walker in the Goodman Theatre’s production of “Pal Joey.” Zunker has also danced in many musical stage productions, commercials, and films, including “The Blues Brothers” and “A League of Their Own.”