WCU to Host Dance and Theatre Workshop with Jonathan Sharp

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 5, 2012 - William Carey University will be hosting an introduction to dance and musical theatre workshop with Jonathan Sharp from January 7-11 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Carey’s Smith Auditorium in the Thomas Fine Arts Center. Non-Carey students, ages 16-25, are welcome to attend. Cost of the workshop will be $200 for non-credit students. Students do not need prior dance experience to participate.

The workshop is an intense look at dance and how it is used to help performers understand their bodies and mind. It will focus on body conditioning, basic ballet technique, jazz technique, choreography retention, basic improvisation, and musical theatre dance and the art of creating strong characters. At the end of each day, the class will focus on theory and the history of dance in theatre. Basic vocabulary for dance will be reviewed and videos will be shown to chart the historic progression for how dance has instructed theatre over the ages.

Sharp was trained at National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet which is the official school of the New York City Ballet. After finishing his training, he danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and was a member of Stars of American Ballet, a touring group headlined by Robert LaFosse and Darci Kistler. He returned to NYC and has appeared in the Original Casts of five Broadway shows - The Red Shoes, Carousel, The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. Sharp has also appeared on television as a contract player on the daytime drama Another World, and has guest starred on the hit shows Law and Order and Gilmore Girls.

Sharp teaches and directs all over southern California, and has been on faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy for six years. He is also currently on faculty at the California Dance Theatre, Inland Pacific Ballet, and the EDGE Performing Arts Center.

For more information, call (601) 318 – 6218.

Jonathan Sharp, ballet instructor, director, and choreographer, will lead a dance and musical theatre workshop at William Carey University January 7-11. Sharp has danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Starts of American Ballet tour group, and has appeared in the casts of five Broadway shows in New York City. The workshop will cover basic ballet and jazz technique, as well as musical theatre dance instruction, body conditioning, and dance theory and history informative lessons. Non-Carey students, ages 16-25, are welcome to attend. No prior dance experience is required.