Sharon graduated from the National Ballet School (NZQA) under the artistic directorship
of Ann Judson (MNZM). While there she had the privilege of learning from ballet masters
such as Russell Kerr (QSM), Professor Xu (Beijing Institute), Stanislav Issaev (People's
Artist's of Russia), and attained both her Advanced RAD and BBO exam certificates under
the careful expert guidance of Ann Judson.
During her time at the National Ballet School, she was honoured when chosen to travel to
Kyoto, Japan to perform with the Higaki Ballet Company in their production of Giselle
and Coppelia. Another highlight was the opportunity to dance alongside Julie Kent and
Guillaum Graffin in Pas de Trois, Le Sylphide. After graduation, Sharon was the first
Ballet Company Dancer from New Zealand to be offered a contract with Guangzhou
Ballet Company in China of which she feels very proud of. Following her time in China,
she travelled to Canyon Concert Ballet Company, Colorado, the U.S.A. to be mentored once
again by Issaev and perform in his production of Peter Pan. Her time in the U.S.A was
greatly influenced by Colorado Ballet's Lorita Travaglia who sparked her love for the
Vaganova training methodology. Sharon has danced such roles as: 'The Mistress of the
Copper Mountain' as the "Stoneflower", 'Pas de Quatre', 'Pas de Trios', Tinkerbell in 'Peter
Pan, a soloist in 'Giselle', and many more.
After travelling home to Christchurch to raise a family she attained her level three Bbodance teachers certificate and settled into teaching at Southern Ballet Theatre for the next 18 years. Lorraine Peters (QSM) had a great influence and she will feel forever blessed to have been able to watch and learn from the very best. Sharon has taught hundreds of ballet students, entering children of all ages into exams, competitions and co-producing Southern Ballet's annual yearly production held at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
She has also coached many students in local and regional competitions and specialises in
choreographing and coaching Classical Ballet Solos, Demi Characters, Barefoot and
Variation dances with great results.
Her fondest memories of Southern Ballet Theatre are her times working with the
Junior Ballet Company and has produced a number of delightful original works for
Kidsfest such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, Ballet Cuisine,
The Jungle Book, and the Carnival of the Animals.
Registered Bbodance Teacher