JODY KUEHNER is a Seattle-based dance artist, director, drag queen Cherdonna Shinatra.

Cherdonna takes what you recognize about dance, what you believe about drag, what intrigues you about improvisation and what delights you about entertainment, Cherdonna effortlessly tosses it in a mason jar, shakes it up, and opens the lid.


Cherdonna exists between dimensions and quantum shifts in time through everyday objects and emotions. While she provides a brightly decorated avenue to explore and question what is "normal," she remains a child, innocent of rancor.


Cherdonna is aggressively sweet. The subtext is the made-up surface belying what exists beneath and the commentary of truth beyond what's advertised.


She is always seeking (even while struggling), what is beautiful and shiny.


She lives for the light.


Part bio drag queen, part contemporary dance, and part performance art, Cherdonna Shinatra is a persona and company that encompasses all works choreographed and performed by Jody Kuehner.


2015 Stranger Genius Award winner and 2010 Spotlight Award winner. Her choreography has been presented by every major contemporary dance venue in Seattle and WA, including On The Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Bumbershoot, CityArtsFest, Northwest Film Forum, Century Ballroom, and Methow Arts; in New York at Joyce SoHo, Risk/Reward in Portland OR, New Grounds Festival in Tampa FL, and the Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance conference Ann Arbor, MI. She frequently works with Dayna Hanson, Pat Graney and Mark Haim including Assistant Director for Hanson’s Improvement Club, Gloria’s Cause and The Clay Duke; performances in Graney’s House of Mind and Haim’s This Land is Your Land. These projects enjoyed tours throughout the U.S. and in Paris, France. Kuehner also assisted Graney’s KTF Prison Project. From 2003-2009, Jody was a member of d9 Dance Collective performing works by Nugent & Matteson, Keith Johnson, Daniel Cheron, KT Niehoff, Amy O’Neal and others. From 2008-2013, as part of the The Cherdonna and Lou Show she produced five evening-length productions.


As Cherdonna, she currently performs regularly with drag-queen superstar BenDeLaCreme (RuPaul’s Drag Race); and the award-winning international sensations Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover. She also perfoms with PaulaNow Productions and will be choreographing PaulaNow’s latest extravaganza Wham Bam Glitter Glam, a live music caberet celebrating the glam rock era. Kuehner/Cherdonna was the recipient of a 2014 Velocity Dance Center Made In Seattle award—providing commissioning funds, fiscal sponsorship; development, dramaturgical and production support for a new work. Through Made in Seattle Velocity presented Kuehner’s evening length Cherdonna: Worth My Salt (October 2014) with seven sold out performances. Cherdonna was also selected to participate in the PNW Dance Platform, The Award’s Show and Northwest New Works Festival, Risk/Reward Festival, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Kuehner was Velocity's 2014 Artist in Residence, holds a residency with KT Neihoff’s 10 Degrees; and has been granted residency support from On The Boards for her upcoming Cherdonna project.


Kuehner teaches Professional Contemporary Dance at Velocity, is Resident Choreographer for the LGBTQ youth choir Diverse Harmony, and has developed a Drag You workshop which she has taught nationally for movers of all backgrounds and abilities.



© Cherdonna Shinatra 2016