Hello there, fellow traveler!
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 both tremendous instability and tremendous creative potential, and many are feeling an impulse, ready or not, to shake up their lives and to contribute in new and powerful ways.
As an artist, community builder, and entrepreneur, my own professional identity doesn’t exactly fit into a neat little box. My role has evolved over the years from teacher and producer to artist and coach, and I've come to recognize change, itself, as a creative process. I don’t believe we can separate body, mind, and spirit, and my experience working with thousands of people over the years has shown me that a sense of joyful purpose in life is not optional, but essential for our well-being. My mission is to support you in creating that, in your own very individual way, by making incremental, intentional changes every day.
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 career, 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. Sound good? Take the first step by scheduling a free call to chat about where you are now and where you'd like to go. I look forward to speaking with you!
Sharna Fabiano is an artist, educator, and certified life coach. Her long study of improvisation and partner dance has made her a specialist in Argentine Tango, for which she is recognized internationally. She brings her insights from the world of movement and performance into the professional sphere with an innovative training program on Empowered Followership, a set of skills that complement those of leadership to enable strong communication, collaboration, and creativity in the work place.
Sharna's accomplishments in the dance world include establishing two tango schools, directing her own dance company, and founding the nonprofit organization, Tango Mercurio. Throughout her dance career, she was an outspoken advocate for learning both leading and following roles independent of gender, a practice that cultivates greater empathy, equality, inclusion, and creativity in social dance environments. In 2011, she collaborated with author and thought-leader Ira Chaleff on a video presentation using tango to illustrate effective Followership strategies in businesses and organizations. In 2017, she received a Hemera Foundation artist fellowship to explore the connection between contemplative practice and art making, and she was invited to speak on Followership at the Hopscotch Design Festival in Raleigh, NC. In July 2019 she will present at the first Global Followership Conference in Ontario, Canada.
Sharna earned an MFA in Dance from UCLA and is based in Long Beach, California. Her paintings have been shown locally at Art Share LA, Long Beach Art Exchange, Beacon Art Space, Kennedy Grace Gallery, and Hellada Gallery. She also sings and plays percussion as part of the sacred music ensemble Ambika Kirtan.