Cheri Nakamura was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Cheri studied gymnastics as a child and jazz dancing in high school. Her pursuit of dancing took a pause in college, when she attended the University of California at Los Angeles, majoring in international economics and studying Japanese at International Christian University in Tokyo. While in Tokyo, she found a dance studio, Tokyo Broadway Dance Center, where she rekindled her passion for dance. Jazz dance teachers from New York who were teaching in Tokyo convinced her to pursue performing in New York City. Cheri spent seven years in New York, studying dance, voice and acting and had a successful career in the performing arts. Cheri performed on Broadway in Shogun the Musical, and Miss Saigon. She also performed in national and international tours of The King and I and South Pacific. She performed in numerous regional and Off-Broadway productions of musicals and dramatic plays and appeared in national TV commercials, including AT&T, Burger King and Home Depot.
Cheri has an MBA from the University of Hawai‘i and has worked in the finance industry and in the non-profit community. She is fluent in Japanese. She continues to perform as a singer on Atlantis Cruises Majestic Dinner Cruise.
Cheri teaches Creative Movement, Preballet, and Ballet Basics.