"To listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear." -Mark Nepo
I am so glad you are here! I’m Sharna. I’m a Choreographer, a Deep Listener, and a Magic-Maker. I create in the realms of dance, theater, and visual art, and also in the roles of teacher, coach, and facilitator.
For me, creativity is not just about art; it’s a partnership between your intuition and your intellect. It is this integrated way of being, in my view, that we need now to meet our historical, global moment with clarity and, strange as it may sound, optimism. I believe we can call in our creativity to fold laundry, resolve international disputes, build sustaining relationships, and craft lives of purpose.
I get excited about any project that brings people together in meaningful and inspiring ways, and I am committed to supporting the creative flow in others in any form it may take. Practical by nature, I can promise that any programs I offer will be neatly structured. At the same time, my work is balanced by a poetic sensibility and always carries a touch of elegance and playfulness.
Sharna Fabiano is a choreographer and movement 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. In 2003, Sharna joined TangoMujer, the first all-woman tango company in the world, and performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, in NYC, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Berlin, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg, Germany.
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 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 partnering 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 work Prawns 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 on leadership and followership at the Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC.
Based in southern California, Sharna teaches at UCLA and Long Beach City College, and travels frequently as a guest artist. Her performance work has been shown locally at UCLA, Electric Lodge and Highways Performance Space. She also hosts retreats for women that combine yoga, nature, and tango through Tango Mujer Retreats. Sharna has an MFA in Dance and is a certified yoga instructor and life coach.