Shara’s dance work reflects her commitment to validating artists with disability as professional dancers, teachers, and choreographers from a place of disability pride. Shara has studied integrated dance for twelve years with Corpuscule Danse (Montreal), Miriam Rother (Kenya, Israel) and Jurg Koch (University of Washington). She holds a DanceAbility Teacher Training certificate from Alito Alessi, a pioneer in the field. Originally a student of the National Ballet School, Shara went on to study improvisation and West African dance styles, travelling to the source to study with the Ballet Nationale du Mali and Apeh Lettey Foofoo and Koo Nimo, Ghana, and here at home at Dance Network, Baobab Tree and Ottawa Dance Directive. She has choreographed and performed for Canada Dance Festivals, Studio 303, Guelph Jazz Festival, Toronto Busker Festival, and most recently for Eric Coates at GCTC and Sarah Waisvisz’s Monstrous. She participated in a Strategic Leadership course at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2015 and is a Diamond Jubilee recipient for her work in integrated dance.

Photo: Andrew Balfour