Oksana Chernyuk - Artistic Director / Choreographer / Costumes designer
Oksana is the professional Ukrainian folk dancer and artist with over 35 years of dancing experiences all over the world. Beginning her career at the age of 4 she became a feature dancer in the professional folk dance company "Black Sea" at the age of 14, touring all over the Europe, Ukraine, Russia and Northern Africa.
Her repertoire includes Folk, Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco, Tap and Ballroom Dances.
She has started her own dance company Sunrise in 2008 after over 15 years of
Yuriy Kutsmida - Principal Dancer / Stunt Guru
Yuriy is the professional Ukrainian folk dancer with over 30 years of experience. For the past 10 years he has been working with children of all ages and levels of preparation. He has been preparing numerous spectacular shows of Sunrise Dance Company together with Oksana.
Yuriy is the specialist in stunts and complicated dance tricks. Especially Russian kicks and juggling with the swords!
SherMesha Purdy - Teacher / Principal Dancer
As a native Houstonian Mesha started with cheerleading. After five years of cheering and attending national cheer association camp she moved on to dance. Then Mesha began training at West University Dance Centre for three years studying ballet, jazz, and tap.
After she joined Bellaire belles drill team for four years moving up in rank each semester. Then committing to drill team Mesha joined the Houston Metropolitan dance company, Houston Mett too, studying ballet jazz and modern dance. Finally she attended the University of Louisiana where major in performing arts with a concentration in dance ,studying ballet modern and contemporary dance styles.
Over all Mesha have been dancing for eleven years in counting. She is currently teaching ballet and jazz for Texas little star dancers and a proud member of Sunrise International Dance Company. With our sports minded and understand we all play a part in making a great team, there for Mesha dedicated to bring the best out of all of her students.