"To listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear." -Mark Nepo
Hello there, fellow traveler!
I’m Sharna. If you find yourself at a pivot point or in the midst of a major transition just now, you’re in good company! Our current moment is one of tremendous creative potential, and many are feeling an impulse, ready or not, to contribute in new and powerful ways.
I’m a change maker myself, and I would be honored to support you in taking your next radical leap forward. As an artist, an innovator, and a deep listener, my own professional identity has evolved over the years from teacher and producer to writer and coach, and I've come to recognize change, itself, as a creative process.
A kind of dynamic paradox, I believe change asks us to both follow and lead, to intentionally "be" as much as we "do," and to remain open to possibility even as we set specific, concrete goals. Whether you're dreaming up a new book or a new social enterprise, my job is to support the process of change for you, providing focused dialogue and just the right amount of structure to help you reconnect with your own innate creativity.
For me, creativity is not just about making art. It's what happens when your intuition meets your intellect. It's an integrated way of living that I believe we need now to meet our historical, global moment with clarity and, strange as it may sound, optimism. I believe creativity can help us fold the laundry, resolve international disputes, build sustaining relationships, and craft lives of purpose.
Practical by nature, I can promise that any programs I offer will be neatly organized. At the same time, my approach is balanced by a poetic sensibility and a touch of elegance and playfulness. Check out my blog, where you might find an article or two that helps you along on your journey, and send me a note (use the form on the right) if you feel there's something I might be able to help you with. I respond to every message I receive within 24 hours.
Sharna Fabiano is an artist, writer, and educator. Her long study of improvisation and partnership has made her a specialist in Argentine Tango, for which she is recognized internationally. She has trained with some of the greatest social tango artists of our time, including Rebecca Shulman, Brigitta Winkler, Juan Bruno, "Tete" Rusconi, Nito and Elba Garcia, Omar Vega, Graciela Gonzalez, Gustavo Naveira, "Chicho" Frumboli, Esther, Mingo, and Pablo Pugliese, and Pablo Veron.
From 1998-2002, Sharna worked in Boston for the innovative company Bridge to the Tango, founded by tango historian and revivalist Daniel Trenner. She coordinated a local tango program of guest artists and helped run educational tours to Buenos Aires. In 2003, Sharna joined TangoMujer, the first all-woman tango company in the world, and for the next several years performed with them in the United States and Germany, including the company's final performance in San Francisco in 2006.
In Washington, D.C., Sharna founded Tango Mercurio, a nonprofit tango organization that offers adult classes, youth and elders outreach, and a community orchestra program. Between 2006 and 2010, she also created three evening-length performances for her own performing company, Sharna Fabiano Tango, supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. In 2008, Sharna was named to Dance magazine's "25 To Watch" list and featured as an emerging artist in the Washingtonian and Dance/USA Journal. Her collaborative work, "Uno," with composer Glover Gill, was selected for the Festival Cambalache in Buenos Aires.
In 2009, Sharna co-founded Planet Tango, an international benefit event that links simultaneous tango events through streaming audio and video. In 2011, she collaborated with author Ira Chaleff on a video presentation using tango dance to demonstrate effective followership in businesses and organizations. That same year, she taught at the physical theater festival Zero Point in Prague, organized by the Czech company Spitfire and Art Prometheus, and in 2013, she choreographed for Spitfire's devised theater work Krevety a la Indigo. In 2016, she created How to Save a Memory for Human Nature Dance Theater in northern Arizona and received a NET/TEN Travel Grant to visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia as an artist-in-residence with Amrita Performing Arts. In 2017, she received a Hemera Foundation artist fellowship, and was invited to speak at the Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC.
Based in southern California, Sharna teaches at UCLA and at Long Beach City College. Her choreography has been shown locally at UCLA, Electric Lodge and Highways Performance Space, and her paintings have been shown at Art Share LA, Long Beach Art Exchange, Beacon Art Space, and Kennedy Grace Gallery. Sharna has an MFA in Dance and is a certified yoga instructor and empowerment coach.