Cultural Series – SHARP Dance Company

April 22, 2025
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Founded in 2005, the SHARP Dance Company is a modern company whose theory of “meaning behind movement” is shown prominently throughout their work. SHARP feels that dance should be more than a performance, it should be an experience. SHARP blends classic dance technique with intriguing stories that speak to the human experience, which creates an artistic experience that is relatable to all audiences. The mission of SHARP Dance Company is to connect people and communities to raw human emotion by presenting story-driven movement that is inspired by socially conscious issues.

SHARP’s feature performance will be “669,” a dance piece inspired by the stories of Sir Nicholas Winton and the families for whom he intervened. He secured 669 children of mostly Jewish families safe passage to Britain and continued in finding homes for all of them. Most of their parents perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp. “669” demonstrates the wide array of human experiences from the crushing hatred of bigotry to the purest compassion of the human soul. The piece was created with amazing original music by Liliya Danieva, from Moscow, Russia.

SHARP Artistic Director, Diane Sharp-Nachsin, founded the company in 2005, and premiered in March 2006. Diane’s work has been selected for performances in over 30 cities throughout the U.S and in the U.K., Greece and Italy. She has been invited as a resident artist in the U.S. and abroad including: The Living Garden Residency (Greece), CEC New Edge Mix Residency (Philadelphia), and the BAU institute Residency (Italy). Diane’s choreography has been commissioned for Mid Atlantic Ballet, the prestigious Governors School, Penn State University, and the New Zealand Embassy.