Sharna Fabiano is an artist, educator, and coach, and author of Lead & Follow: The Dance of Inspired Teamwork. Her long study of improvisation and partnering has made her a specialist in Argentine Tango, for which she is recognized internationally. She brings her insights from the world of social dance into the professional sphere with an innovative training programs on leadership and followership for teams and organizations.

Sharna’s accomplishments in the dance world include establishing two tango schools, directing her own performing 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 empathy, inclusion, and creativity. 

In 2011, she collaborated with 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. She has recently presented her work on the creative leadership/followership dynamic at the Hopscotch Design Festival, Global Followership Conference, Innovation Women Conference, and Association for Change Management Professionals Global Connect Conference.


M.F.A. in Dance, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (2014)
B.A. in Comparative Literature, William Smith College, Geneva, NY (1997)

Professional Training

Courageous Follower training, Palm Beach Atlantic University, MacArthur School of Leadership (2018)
Coaching certification, Brilliance Academy for Personal Transformation & Social Change, Los Angeles (2016)
Thai Massage certification, Thai Massage Institute, Denver (2015)
Yoga teaching certification, True Nature Wellness, Los Angeles (2014)
Reiki I certification, New Leaf Acupuncture & Reiki, Washington, DC (2010)

Professional Affiliations

International Leadership Association
Teaching Followers Courage