Sheri Latham

Instructor

Office: 115 Rich Building

Email: slatham@emory.edu

Biography

Sheri-web-color.jpgSheri Latham began her studies with Southern Ballet under the direction of Pittman Corey. After being chosen as a finalist for the Bolshoi Ballet's children program during their North American tour, she continued her ballet training at the Atlanta Ballet under the direction of Robert Barnett. Latham left the Atlanta Ballet after ten years to guest perform with other companies and to study at Georgia State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education. In addition to the Atlanta Ballet, Latham's studies included companies in New York and Paris. Latham is currently teaching all levels of ballet at Emory University. She has choreographed numerous ballets for the Emory Dance Company and also designed the costumes. Latham has been a guest teacher for Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University, and Woodward Academy.

Teaching Statement

Teaching ballet is my passion. At the age of twelve, feeling certain that teaching would be a part of my future, I focused my energies on studying and understanding this form in its entirety. My teaching style is influenced and informed by my early teachers, especially Robert Barnett, former member of George Balanchine’s company and former director of the Atlanta Ballet Company. The highly structured and musical format of his classes and his attention to detail have filtered into my own values in the studio. Also important in shaping my ideas about ballet are the texts of 19th century Russian pedagogue, Agrippina Vaganova. I still study and refer to Vaganova’s teachings in planning my classes, especially the advanced levels. The Vaganova system continues the tradition of the Russian school of ballet. It stresses strength, endurance and flexibility to create clean lines in the body and prevent injuries.

I am inspired and motivated by Emory ballet students, and I find great satisfaction in passing on the tradition, discipline, and love of classical dance in the university setting.