May 5th, 1949 - April 5th, 2019
Cherrie A Anderson was born in Council Bluffs, IA to Kenneth and Evelyn Moore and started dancing at the age of 3. They moved to Omaha in 1962 where she started her first dance studio in their basement at the age of 12. The very first Cherrie Anderson dance recital was held in her driveway with approx. 20 students and the proceeds from admission to the show were donated to the American Cancer Society. The following year Cherrie had up to 70 students, teaching classes 3 nights per week and began holding recitals at the Westside High School Little Theatre.
Cherrie was a working model trained by Omaha’s Nancy Bounds and also active in the local pageant community where she was crowned Miss Nebraska in 1967. Cherrie was voted most talented by her senior class at Westside High where she graduated also in 1967.
Cherrie is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Business and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
In the late 1970’s Cherrie brought the “new craze” of Aerobic Dancing (aerobics) to Omaha teaching several classes a week and grew that business to a point where she employed several instructor’s teaching classes spanning across the entire Nebraska and Iowa region.
You might remember her own aerobic dance segment on the KETV “Good Morning Show” in which she appeared for 6 years.
The empire that is now known as The Cherrie Anderson School of Music And Dance has become a beloved academy for young talent in Omaha and surrounding areas spanning across generations. Cherrie built and grew the business over several years sharing her love of dance with thousands of students. She celebrated each dancer with an end of the year extravaganza at various theatres across Omaha including the Orpheum Theatre.
Her mission statement still is held by the school: To provide students of all ages with the skills they need to enjoy music and dance for a lifetime.
Cherrie married Roger Anderson on June 3rd, 1970. They had 3 children Season, Adam, and Colt. Cherrie above everything valued family (both immediate and extended), and friends.
We will remember Cherrie as a confident, hardworking, and powerful business woman who showed the world that you can do it all. She was a true champion of women. She was an inspiration to all who she came in contact with and exuded a spirit all her own. Cherrie was beautiful inside and out. She had a glow that put everyone at ease and made them feel special. Through her we learned so many valuable life lessons and will carry them on as part of her legacy.
What we will remember most about Cherrie is her kind and loving spirit, her passion for dance and music, her endless compliments, her ability to throw a killer party bringing everyone together, and decorating to the nines for every holiday.
While the world won’t be the same without Cherrie, we are comforted knowing she is watching over us while dancing with the angles in heaven.