After attending the National Ballet School in Toronto, Shara’s “egg cracked” wide open to what dance can be with dance partners with disabilities in Ottawa and through travels in West Africa. She is always invigorated by new ways of experiencing and viewing movement – particularly sensory discoveries for performance and multi-genre art. Lately, she is most excited about studying dance aesthetics related to mad arts. She has studied integrated dance with Alito Alessi, Corpuscule Danse, Miriam Rother, Jurg Koch, Lindsay Eales, and contact improvisation with Lola Ryan and Louise Parent. She has studied West African dance/music with Mao Sako (Guinea), Apeh Lettey Foofoo (Ghana), Koo Nimo (Ghana), Ballet Nationale du Mali (Bamako), Kathy Armstrong (Ottawa), Larry Graves (Ottawa). She has choreographed and performed for the Canada Dance Festival, Vertigo Theatre, GCTC, Studio 303, Parapan Am Games, Guelph Jazz Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival and many bars, parks and street corners in Ontario and West Africa. She hopes to be dancing and directing when she is 100, using a kick-ass power chair.
[Image Description: A portrait photograph of Shara smiling. She has brown shoulder-length hair with streaks of pink. She wears a brown shirt. The background is black.]