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Sharna Fabiano


About DeanSharna Fabiano teaches movement classes in the Department of Theater. After her undergraduate training in contemporary dance technique, Fabiano began studying social dances in 1997, specializing in the Argentine Tango. In Boston and New York City, she studied intensively with Nil Disco and Esse Dijks, Daniel Trenner, Rebecca Shulman and Brigitta Winkler. In Buenos Aires, she trained with many life-long social dancers and performers including Juan Bruno; Pedro “Tete” Rusconi; Nito and Elba Garcia; Omar Vega; Graciela Gonzalez; Gustavo Naveira; Olga Besio; Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli; Esther, Mingo and Pablo Pugliese; and Pablo Veron.

In 2003, Fabiano joined TangoMujer, the first all-woman tango company in the world. Her choreography for TangoMujer integrated elements of contemporary dance alongside tango, and was shown at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and in NYC, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg, Germany.

In Washington, D.C., she was invited to dance at the Argentine Embassy and contribute work to the city-sponsored Dance D.C. Festival, D.C. Improv Festival, and Hispanic Festival. Between 2006 and 2010, she created three evening-length performances, supported in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In 2008, Fabiano was named to Dance magazine's “25 to Watch” list and featured as an emerging artist in the Washingtonian and Dance/USA Journal. Her collaborative work, Uno, with composer Glover Gill, was selected for the Festival Cambalache in Buenos Aires, an international festival featuring artists investigating the disciplines of tango, theater and contemporary dance.

In 2011, Fabiano taught tango as a physical theater technique at Festival Zero Point in Prague, organized by the Czech company Spitfire and Art Prometheus. In 2013, she collaborated with Spitfire to create the tango-inspired theater work Prawns a la Indigo. Her work has been shown locally at the Electric Lodge in Venice and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.

Fabiano holds an M.F.A. in dance from the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and a B.A. in comparative literature from William Smith College. She is also a certified yoga instructor, and is known in the international tango community as an advocate of dancing both following and leading roles, independent of gender.