Our Owner and Artistic Director, Sheena, grew up in Mashpee and danced at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth under the direction of Irene Merrill. Ms. Harper is a graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. She has also received scholarships for summer programs at Milwaukee Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Her teachers include Jose Mateo, Virginia Zango, Joan Simone, Katrina Killian, Melissa Hayden, Fanchon Cordell, and Frank Smith.
Sheena has danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet, where she performed soloist roles in Symphony in C, Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker. Also with Kentucky Ballet Theater, she performed The Nutcracker, Pas de Quatre, Phantom of the Opera and The Wizard of Oz. And with Spindle City Ballet in Fall River Ma where she performed The Nutcracker and a stepsister in Cinderella. She performed with Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, Ma for three years where she performed the roles of Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, The Princess in Aladdin, The Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty and The Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. She recently retired from performing professionally so she could focus on Harper Dance Center and her students.
Sheena has also taught at many different dance schools throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Receiving many awards and scholarships at dance competitions throughout the United States, for her performances and choreography. Sheena was the Director of Dance at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth for four years. This will be Harper Dance Center's fifth year and Sheena is overwhelmed with joy that her dream of owning and directing a studio has finally come true!