A Shara Smallwood Update!

Professional dancer and choreographer, Shara Smallwood is the NEW up and coming artist to watch!  She is also a friend and fan of ArielSimone and we wanted to follow up with our feature of this dazzling LA star.

When we last spoke to Shara, back in November, she had just finished working on a project for Glee, where she was as a dancer as well as choreographer. She had also just begun choreographing a new dance project focusing on African American music. If you are in LA, you can catch Shara’s latestwork in the upcoming 2012 African American Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles, California, where her original piece, “The life and struggle of James Brown”, will debut. We will make sure to post a video of the final work when it becomes available!

While pursuing a professional dance career in LA, she has begun to put her mark in the entertainment industry as a dancer, choreographer, and private coach. After performing for clients such as; Beyonce, Glee, and Lula Washington Dance Theater, she has now mixed her dance experience with fitness and artist development, creating a line of classes known as Shara Smallwood Master Classes.

Shara Smallwood Master Classes includes dance and fitness based classes, as well as private coaching services for ages 18 and up.  Her cliental includes professional artist and athletes to intermediate artists and training athletes. Master classes include; power hip-hop aerobics, artist performance development, audition preparation, zumba fitness and more.  Private coaching is for the serious performer, who wants to accelerate their development. Whether you want to burn a few extra calories, stand-out for your next stage performance, or fine tune your dance skills, Shara Smallwood master classes are for you.

Currently, Shara is holding master classes in Los Angeles, San Diego, Minneapolis, and Madison, Wisconsin. Bring out the artist in you and book Shara today! To register for master classes and for more information, visit her site.

Spotlight: LA-based Choreographer & Dancer

We honestly can’t say that we’ve met too many people who have  danced for Rihanna, been in a Beyonce video or appeared on the hit television show Glee. But we do want to introduce you to a woman who has! Equally beautiful as she is talented, we have a spot light feature on LA based Choreographer and dancer: Shara Smallwood.
AS: Tell us about yourself….

SS: My name is Shara Smallwood… born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and now calling Los Angeles my home away from home. I moved here to pursue a professional dance career in choreography, performance, and creative directing.  I have been dancing and entertaining every sense I could walk!

AS: Did you study dance?

SS: Yes. I have trained formally at the Summit Dance Shoppe of Plymouth Minnesota, Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota collegiate dance program. Now, my training is professional dance companies such as Lula Washington Dance Theater, the Edge Performing Arts, and Debbie Reynolds.

AS: What do you do when you are not dancing?

SS: When I’m not performing or choreographing, I love to spend time with my family and friends. They keep me grounded. I also love to relax at the beach, take yoga regularly, travel, and hit the red box. I am known to be a movie hoarder.

AS: How do you know Adrienne?

SS: I met Adrienne in highschool!

AS: What are some of the things you are currently working on?

SS: I have currently just finished working on Glee, as a dancer as well as choreographing the “Just dance” Hip-Hop production in West Hollywood. I am currently working on choreographing the show “The Groove of James Brown,”a new dance project focusing on African American music. I have recently landed a spot at “In-Shape Personal Fitness”, a personal training facility, as a dance fitness trainer. Classes include hip-hop aerobics and salsa training.

AS: What keeps you motivated?

SS: I stay motivated by prayer, my family, and friends. And of course… from myself!

AS: Any wise words of wisdom for aspiring artists out there?

SS: To all of the inspiring artists out there– it sounds cliché, but do not give up on your goals and aspirations. Good things come to those who play hard, pray, and have the passion. Continue to keep yourself self-motivated while working on your craft, and never be afraid to work towards the life of your dreams.

If you are in LA or just want to check out Shara’s classes and updates, she’s on Facebook. She also has some incredible footage of past performances and current projects on her Vimeo.