Meet Our Faculty


Cheryl Slauenwhite

Owner/Artistic Director


Cheryl Slauenwhite, dance instructor and owner of Cheryl’s School of Dance and now Art is Motion, was born in Melrose, MA where she has been dancing since the age of 6. During her early years she studied all styles of dance under the direction of Diane Cole. After 17 years at the studio she graduated with a Certificate from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Cheryl continues to grow attending workshops and master classes each season. Her love of dance, knowledge of music fundamentals, and working with children contributed to her opening Cheryl’s School of Dance in 1999.




Erin Hourigan


Erin began dancing at the age of 7 at a local studio. She trained in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, irish step dancing and musical theatre. She joined the Art In Motion family in 2013 and has loved becoming part of such a positive and encouraging studio environment. She recently graduated with a degree in Educational Studies from Western Governors University and is excited to be able to combine her love of dance with her love of teaching to help encourage kids of all ages and levels to fall in love with the art of dance.



Colleen Hourigan

Colleen has been performing since the age of 4 when she began training in tap, ballet, jazz and lyrical. She was a former member of the AIM dance team and was a student teacher and choreographer for the  younger dance teams and recreational classes. She has always been an active member in the arts, working full time at a creative theater company and performing in local musical productions. After recently graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Colleen is excited to be back in the studio to share her love of dance and performing with a new generation of AIM dancers! 


Leslie Breen

Leslie Breen has been dancing for 37 years. Her biggest accomplishments in dance include being a member of the BCDP ambassador program at 45, Contemporize program at 44 and winning a scholarship from the Petruzello twins and being asked to perform a solo by a Lady Gaga backup dancer (even though she completely blanked on the choreo and left the room after!) at 44.  There was also that time at Universal that she was just vibing on the side of the parade and was asked to join in and the Universal Studios dancers taught her the choreo!  All joking aside, Leslie had been lucky enough to have attended Connecticut College for dance, been a member of the UMASS Dance Team and completed her AAFA, Dance, from Scottsdale Community College under the guidance of Angela Rosencranz. There, she was able to take classes from Ann Reinking. She was a certified public school dance educator in Arizona for seven years and owned her own studio for ten years (Dance DynamiX, Malden, MA).  She has choreographed for Lynnfield High School’s musicals and has experience acting at the collegiate level. Leslie has a 200 hour yoga certification and just completed Acrobatic Arts Certification Module 2.  She continues to train in all styles of dance at Zello Dance Studios and elsewhere, always seeking out opportunities to move her body in a way that it doesn’t want to anymore! Leslie is also a biology and special education teacher and the dance club advisor at Greater Lowell Technical High School. 

Amanda O'Loughlin

Amanda began dancing at the age of five under the direction of Diane Cole. Her love of performing lead her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.  After graduating, Amanda returned to the Boston area and began teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe at Cheryl’s.   Amanda enjoys learning new movement styles and has studied Irish Step, Seanos, Kick Boxing, Qi Chong, and Martial Arts.  She is currently a 1st degree black belt in Oom Yung Doe, a Korean Style Martial Art, and is a certified Women’s Self Defense Instructor.  Whenever possible, Amanda shares her training and experiences by offering workshops here at AIM on topics such as Musical Theatre and self-defense.