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November 10, 2013


SHARP Dance Company Sculpts Vantage Points with “Perceptions”

SHARP Dance Company called on the community to submit letters about someone that has influenced his/her life and possibly changed their perceptions. With guest choreography by Steven Vaughn of Parsons Dance Company and choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin, SHARP’s Artistic Director, “Perceptions” hopes to submerse its audience into these letters and how they changed the view of the writer and the world around them. 

Philadelphia, PA— SHARP is prepared to take its audience on an adventure through changes in perceptions. Not only is the company asking for the audience to allow their thoughts to possibly adjust, but also their bodies, as they are encouraged to switch seats at different times throughout the performance to experience different vantage points.

Composer Jason Andrew wrote original music for several sections of “Perceptions”.  SHARP strives to bring together a company of strong dancers to perform work with a new vision.  Their mission is to translate raw human emotion utilizing contemporary movement to connect the audience through individual interpretation.

SHARP Dance Company will be presenting “Perceptions” at the Christ Church Neighborhood House Theatre located at 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. There are three chances to see the show with performances Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 8pm as well as Sunday, November 24 at 3pm.

SHARP Dance Company is a six-member modern dance company based out of Philadelphia, PA. SHARP performs nationally and internationally and has been seen in such festivals as the: Bedfringe (UK), Chicago Fringe, Phoenix Fringe, Seacoast Fringe, Cool NY, STEPS Performance Lab (NY), Fringe Wilmington and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Artistic Director Diane Sharp-Nachsin was also named a BAU Fellow in Italy this June 2013. Performers in “Perceptions” include: Elrey Belmonti, Caroline Butcher, Joe Cicala, Sandra Davis and Kate Rast, Linnea Calzada-Charma with choreography by Steven Vaughn of Parson’s Dance Company and Diane Sharp-Nachsin and video by projection artist Lauren Mandilian Huot.

For more information on SHARP Dance Company and to order tickets for “Perceptions” please visit Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors/students with ID/Dance Pass Holders.

Photos:  High Res photos are available upon request


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Bio: After suffering from injuries that forced Diane to retire from performing, she founded SHARP in 2005 and premiered the company in March 2006. Diane’s work has been selected for the: Bedfringe (UK), Chicago Fringe, Phoenix Fringe Festival, Seacoast Fringe Festival, Rochester Fringe, Cool NY Festival, Rochester Fringe, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, STEPS Performance Lab (NY), Artsfest, Fringe Wilmington Festival and the Philadelphia International of the Arts (PIFA), etc. She was selected as a New Edge Mix Artist Award recipient in Philadelphia, PA and has been commissioned to set work on Mid-Atlantic Ballet 2008-2013. Diane was the first choreographer ever invited, as one of 11 artists world wide to the BAU Institute in Italy where she took part in a two-week artist residency in June 2013. Diane started her career in Pittsburgh, dancing with Pittsburgh based, Mary Miller Dance Company from 1992-1994. She returned to Philadelphia to dance on scholarship with Philadanco’s training program. Diane has also danced professionally with Juan Antonio and dancers, Trapezius Aerial Dance Company, Deborah Birrane, Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers, Convergence Dancers and Musicians/Dance Matrix and Amsterdam based company Jacqueline Knopps and dansers. She has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet Theaters’ Principal dancers Leslie Carothers and Meredith Rainey and Dirk Platzik, formally of The White Oak Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Diane has taught at numerous studios/colleges including Penn State and the prestigious Governor’s School. Some of Diane’s other original work has been showcased in Philadelphia, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Delaware, New York, Italy and at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C.

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