SHARP Dance to premiere five new works

At a new location this year, SHARP’s ten dancers will premiere five new pieces including the full length “Blind Faith”.  SHARP brings its addictive kinetic energy to the Spanish flavored “Con toda al Alma” and collaborates with two guest choreographers:  Parsons Dance Company member, Steven Vaughn and Kevin Ferguson for two intriguing new pieces.  SHARP is a ten member modern dance company that enjoys not only strong technical dance but incorporating that with various collaborators.  SHARP has partnered with Photographers, Digital Artists and Prop/Set Designers to create new enticing work.  Among SHARP’s pieces in this performance you will see collaborations with various artists such as: composer Jason Andrew and Costume Designer Brian Strachan to connect their artistry with dance.  SHARP’s new work incorporates eccentric partnering and intense unison material.

SHARP strives to bring together a company of strong dancers to perform work with a new vision.  Their mission is to translate raw human emotion utilizing contemporary movement to connect the audience through individual interpretation.

This five-year-old modern company and its theory of “meaning behind movement” is shown prominently throughout its work.  SHARP feels that dance should be more than a performance, it should be an experience.

Artistic Director/Choreographer Diane Sharp-Nachsin

After suffering from injuries that forced Diane to retire from performing, she founded SHARP in 2005 and premiered the company at the Delaware Dance Festival in March 2006.

Diane’s work was recently selected for the; The Phoenix Fringe Festival, The Seacoast Fringe Festival 2010, Cool 2009 NY Festival and The Wilmington Fringe Festival 2009 & 2010.  She was selected as a 2008 New Edge Mix Artist Award recipient in Philadelphia, PA and has been commissioned to set work on Mid-Atlantic Ballet in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Diane started her career in Pittsburgh, dancing with Pittsburgh based, Mary Miller Dance Company from 1992-1994.  She returned to Philadelphia to dance on scholarship with Philadanco.  Diane has also danced professionally with Juan Antonio and dancers, Trapezius Aerial Dance Company, Deborah Birrane, Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers, Convergence Dancers and Musicians/Dance Matrix and Amsterdam based company Jacqueline Knopps and dansers.

Diane has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet Theaters’ Principal dancers Leslie Carothers and Meredith Rainey and Dirk Platzik, formally of The White Oak Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Some of Diane’s teaching experience includes:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Governor’s School of New Jersey and Assistant Director of the Penn State University Abington Dance Company.

Her past musical choreography includes: Wizard of Oz, Secret Garden, Damn Yankees, Fame, Smile, How to Succeed in Business, Grease and Beauty and the Beast.

Some of Diane’s other original work has been showcased in Philadelphia, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Delaware, New York and at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C.

SHARP is eager to perform at The Jeanne Ruddy Performance Garage on Brandywine Street, and looks forward to a night of technically driven “Meaning behind Movement”.

SHARP Dance Company

Choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin
Guest Choreographer:  Steven Vaughn (Parsons Dance Company) & Kevin Ferguson (Former Parsons Dancer and Doug Elkins Dancer)
Collaborating Artists: Jason Andrew (composer), Rich Orlow (Voiceover), Geoff Partridge (DJ/Artist), Brian Strachan (Costume Designer)
Dancers:  Amy Berger, Joe Cicala, Sandra Davis, Patrick Korstange, Roger Lee, Carolyn Marcinkiewicz, Megan Powell, Austin Selden, Jill Turanski and Eliza Zeevalk

All performances at:
1515 Brandywine Street Philadelphia PA
Friday October 22 at 8 p.m.
Saturday October 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday October 24 at 3 p.m.

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