Cheri Stokes
Artist in Residence (2024-2025)

African American female dancer posing with torso twisted towards the right side, her right arm in the air, left arm down closer to her side, and left foot crossed behind the right foot. Dancer is wearing a bright cherry red hoodie with a graphic photo on the hoodie. Black leggings with white, gray and red blocked stripes with black, yellow and white sneakers. Photo by dwainjphotography

Cheri L. Stokes, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, received her M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from The Florida State University in 2017. She received her B.A. in Dance Studies with a K-12 North Carolina Dance Teaching Licensure from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. Her performance background spans the genres of West African, Afro-Contemporary, Contemporary and Hip-Hop dance forms. Her choreographic research examines the ways in which facets of social vernacular dance forms, specifically Hip-Hop and Dancehall, have influenced her contemporary practice and art making.

Additionally, Cheri’s expertise includes over ten years of dance education and arts administration. She has had the pleasure of rehearsal assisting notable choreographers such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Okwui Okpokwasili (2016 MANCC Residency in Tallahassee, FL). Presently, Cheri is part of the Urban Bush Women administrative family serving as the Associate Producer of Special Projects.

Cheri has been a guest teaching artist at various institutions including, The Florida State University, Austin Peay State University, Elon University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Tampa. She is the recipient of the Stephen Petronio Retreat and Restore dance residency (Spring 2021), Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant Residency (2023) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Support for Artists Grant (2024). Excerpts of her latest work, “Da Block” was featured in the MODarts Collective Thread Festival (2021), STooPS Bed-Stuy Annual Art Crawl (2021), and Summerstage at Crotona Park (2022). For more information on Cheri, please visit her website at