Sharna's Schedule in DC
Friday, December 9th
Tango Artistry: Advanced Class, before Milonga de Luz
Class level: Advanced - *couples only*
Class time: 8-9:30 PM
Price: $20 drop in or use your Mercurio class package
Wednesday, December 7th - Sunday, December 11th
Speaking Tango - Workshop
Designed for experienced social dancers and new teachers, Speaking Tango is a step-by-step process of synthesizing your own tango knowledge and experience into a system you can talk about and share in clear language. You’ll learn to observe, sense, and describe movement more precisely, give and receive empowering feedback, and verbally guide learning for friends and students. Limted to 12 participants.
“A fantastic framework for teachers and dancers to get to the very heart of why they dance, empowering them to explore and chart new avenues for personal growth and understanding. I loved the group discussions and activities. Sharing our experiences (both the sublime and the frustrating) felt deeply affirming and supportive, sparked numerous 'Eureka!' moments, and reinforced our sense of local and global community.”
Sharna combines her 18 years of teaching experience with a Master's degree in Dance to design this set of practical and creative learning tools especially for tango dancers.
More information on Speaking Tango and registration HERE.
Sharna has been involved with tango since 1997, when she received her first lesson in the corner of a dance hall from a fellow beginner. In addition to studying with such tango legends as the Pugliese family, Nito & Elba Garcia, Juan Bruno, "Tete" Rusconi, "Chicho" Frumboli, Omar Vega, and Pablo Veron, Sharna has also trained in an abundance of other movement modalities such as contact improvisation, yoga, Pilates, and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals.
Sharna performed as a member of the all-woman dance company TangoMujer between 2003-2006, and founded the nonprofit organization Tango Mercurio in Washington, D.C. in 2008. She completed an MFA in Dance at UCLA in 2014, where she studied performance theory, critical pedagogy, and choreographic methods. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
As a teacher, Sharna has the rare ability to both articulate and demonstrate, with precision, the subtle details of tango movement and improvisation. Her approach is holistic and exploratory, informed by both the anatomy and the poetry of the body.