Mark Joseph Sharon MLA

6911 Ten Oaks Circle ♦ Austin, TX 78744 ♦ ♦ 512.445.4686



Highly experienced, award winning professional with a rich portfolio of accomplishments in a 45+ year career producing, directing, and choreographing classical and contemporary dance

Awarded recognition and financial support by national and international institutions
Proven acumen for conceptualizing, planning, and producing performing arts events
Demonstrated leadership ability in professional settings
Directed/produced/collaborated with dancers, singers, and actors in over 500 productions
Experienced in working with students of diverse backgrounds, challenges, and cultures
Skilled at building and maintaining relationships with community sponsors, boards of directors, and patrons
Lectures, master classes, and choreography for workshops in private schools, studios, and high schools nationwide, as well as the following six universities:
Boise State University, Northwestern State University (La.), University of Houston, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California and Utah State University
Adjudicator for University Interscholastic League, private and public institutions.
Developed dance language, staffs, and curriculum
Commissioned as staff instructor for eight private studios
Owned and operated performing arts studios
Managed human resources for staffs of up to 18
Interviewed for publicity by media
Wrote and managed 501(c) 3 based grants



♦ Cecchetti Council of America, Incorporated
♦ Dance Masters of America, Incorporated
♦ Southeast Texas Association of Dance Teachers
♦ Southern California Association of Dance Teachers



Master of Liberal Arts St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
Concentration: Dance
Centro Panamericano de Idiomas San Juaquin de Flores, Costa Rica
Course in cultural immersion
2012 & 2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts St. Edwards University, Austin, TX
Concentration: Directing and Producing
The National Dean’s List St. Edwards University, Austin, TX 2006 - 2007
Certificate of Achievement Austin Community Access TV Field Production 1999


Movement Therapy for private client, Dave Richards; met on bi-weekly basis in September, October, and November

Directed filming of revised choreographic piece “Romanza“, Music by Andrea Bocelli , performed by Ellie Geeslin

Virtual Ballet Classes presented weekly on Zoom, Carly Bell director

City Theater, Austin, TX
Choreography for musical “Chicago”, Matthew Shead director

Austin Shakespeare, Austin, TX
Choreographer/ Movement Coach
Choreographed dance and coached movement for a youth production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Anne Ciccolella director

Dance By Carly, Austin, TX
Ballet Instructor
Taught ballet, pre-pointe, and pointe classes. Choreographed pieces for corps and solo pointe variations for seasonal performances and recitals

Jackie’s Performing Arts Center, Austin, TX
Dance Instructor
Taught classes in tap, ballet, and jazz. Choreographed pieces for competitions, seasonal performances, and recitals

D’ette’s and Company, Austin, TX
Tap Instructor
Taught weekly classes in tap

Kirby Hall Preparatory School (UT Campus), Austin, TX
Ballet Instructor
Developed curriculum and taught ballet classes

West Coast Performing Arts Center, Mission Viejo, CA
Co-Owner / Artistic Director
Produced in-house performances for targeted audiences in voice, drama, dance, and music. Managed a staff of 10 administrative and artistic personnel; supervised 4 departments

Laguna Beach Dance Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
Founder / Producer
Directed a 1-week festival for 40 performing arts students
Wrote press releases, set up interviews for artists with L.A. Times and Orange County Register
Allocated a budget for travel, housing, and stipends for nationally recognized artists
Coordinated housing for 25 out-of-state students

Francesca Ballet of London, Santee, California
Ballet Instructor
Taught classes in ballet and pointe


Florence Coleman, Marsha Woody, Jack Stanley, Ron Abshire, Margo Marshall, Patsy Swayze, Rudy Jenkins, Camille Hill, David Howard, and Roni Mahler.



Movement Coach for Dave Richards (basic kinesiology).
Met bi-weekly, September, October, and November,
St. Edwards University, Austin, TX
Staged philosophy, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. (Directed Study)
St Edward's University, Austin, TX
Internship in lighting design at Long Center (Marriage of Figaro), and Bass Concert Hall (Don Giovanni) with Kathryn Eader
St Edward's University, Austin, TX
Produced and directed An Evening of Choreography showcasing diverse movement. (Directed Study)
St Edward's University, Austin, TX
Traveled to Costa Rica for cultural immersion and taught ballet class and presented choreography Silver Thread at Universidad de Nacional. (Directed Study)
St Edward’s University, Austin, TX
Staged the short story, A Worn Path, by Eudora Welty. (Directed Study)
St Edward’s University, Austin, TX
Staged poetry, Stuff, by Ntozake Shange
Julliard School for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
Invited to audit modern and pointe classes via Make a Wish Foundation
Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
Presented original choreography, Silver Thread
Disneyworld, Orlando, FL
Presented original choreography, Silver Thread
Weatherford Independent School District, Weatherford, TX
Contracted to teach, direct, and stage Silver Thread in a week long residency
Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX
Contracted to teach, direct, and stage Silver Thread at statewide convention Parent Learning Network
Silver Thread Debut, Austin, TX
Received City of Austin Cultural Contract for a multi-media, dance based performances at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Production included Grammy award- winning singer, Donna Hightower
Austin Community Access, Austin, TX
Received certificate of completion in producing and editing.
Seventh Annual Youth Dance Festival, Austin, TX
Presented choreography at Zilker Park’s Hillside Theatre
Lamar Opera Department/Beaumont Civic Opera, Beaumont, TX
Co-directed and choreographed for musical production of Fiddler on the Roof
Hotel Beaumont, Beaumont, TX1997
Conducted movement therapy for senior citizens (Volunteer)
Austin Middle School, Beaumont, TX
Instructed youth-at-risk in the Beaumont Summer arts program
Youth Rescue Mission, Beaumont, TX
Provided art therapy to homeless youth (Volunteer)
Lamar Theater Department/Beaumont Community Players, Beaumont, TX
Choreographer for production of West Side Story
West Coast Performing Arts Center, Mission Viejo, CA
Artistic Director for a 6,000 square foot performance rming arts studio of four departments
Laguna Beach Dance Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
Directed one week dance retreat involving students from various states
Linda Kelm, San Francisco, CA
Personal trainer for this Grammy award winning singer
Juilliard School of Music, New York, NY
Presented original choreography at student audition
Hidden Valley Art Institute, Carmel, CA
Choreographed and produced three concert pieces
Laguna Beach Dance Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
Founder and producer of international dance festival held in Southern California.
Laguna Outreach for Contributing Artists
Produced excerpts from: A Christmas Carol, Laguna Beach, CA
Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California
Appeared as a dancer in the Paramount motion picture, Back to the Future
Disneyland Creative Challenge Award, Anaheim, CA
Served as an adjudicator for high school award
USC and UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Taught summer dance camps (Kaye Tier Crawford-Director)
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Commissioned to choreograph piece presented to deaf audiences Hands Up (Jackie Fullmer-Director)
Rose Bowl Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Choreographed/instructed over 200 students in collaboration with musical celebrity, Ray Anthony, for Los Angeles Rams/Minnesota Vikings football game halftime
Jefferson Jazz Ballet, Beaumont, TX
Founder and artistic director for this 501c (3) dance company. Responsible for choreography, directing rehearsals, lighting and sound design.
Paramount Theater, Austin, TX
Presented selection from Jefferson Jazz Ballet to Texas Arts Alliance and Texas Legislators representing Texas dance companies


All American Talent Showcase - Top Teacher, Best All Around Choreography 2001
United States Tournament of Dance – Petite Miss Texas, Junior Miss Texas, Miss Texas (student placement) 2001
Star Systems - Junior Mr. Dance, Petite Miss Superstar, and Junior Mr. Superstar (student placements won) 2000

Award Winning Only

Ballet Variations
Romanza MJS Movement 2014
Carmen Dance by Carly 2014
Dying Swan Dance by Carly 2014
Pas de Quatre Dance by Carly 2013
Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle Fundanzers 2005
Carla Etude Fundanzers 2005
Moderato Fundanzers 2004
Pizzicata Polka Fundanzers 2003
Brandenburg Concerto Fundanzers 2001
Midnight Waltz Fundanzers 1999
Piano Concerto #1 West Coast PAC 1995
Don Quixote West Coast PAC 1993
Coppelia Saddleback Dance Center 1992
Sarah”s Band West Coast PAC 1992
Firebird Triple C Arts 1199
Moonlight Sonata Triple C Arts 1988
Peter and the Wolf Saddleback Dance Center 1986
Musical Theater
Iko iko Fundanzers 2001
You Made the Pants Too Long Fundanzers 2000
Honeybun Fundanzers 2000
Here Comes Charlie Fundanzers 1999
Second Hand Rose Fundanzers 1999
Newsies Fundanzers 1994
Oliver Laguna Moulton Playhouse 1994
The Wiz Greater Los Angeles Children’s Theater 1993
I’m the Greatest Star West CoastPAC
Tobacco Road Fundanzers 2006
Slip Sliding Away Fundanzers 2004
Shock the Monkey Fundanzers 2004
Great Balls of Fire Fundanzers 2003
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Fundanzers 2002
Tap Pup Fundanzers 2001
Driving My Life Away Fundanzers 2001
As Long As I’m Singing My Song Fundanzers 2001
Jump Jive Fundanzers 2000
Whatever Fundanzers 2000
Miles Away Fundanzers 1999
A Capella Fundanzers 1999
Belles Fundanzers 1999
Vatican Rag Fundanzers 1999
Oregato Laguna Beach Dance Ensemble 1996
Lullaby of Broadway Hidden Valley Arts Institute 1990
Jazz and Lyrical
New York State of Mind MJS Movement 2013
Fantasma MJS Movement 2013
Great Gig in the Sky Austin School for the Blind 2002
Out of Africa Fundanzers 2002
Topsy Turvy Fundanzers 2002
Twilight Fundanzers 2001
Footloose Fundanzers 2001
I Will Always Love You Fundanzers 2000
Bad Feeling Fundanzers 2000
Money Fundanzers 1999
Have You Ever Susan English Dance Company 1999
Move Susan English Dance Company 1999
Tush Susan English Dance Company 1999
Kick Off Your Shoes Fundanzers 1998
Miss Brown to You Fundanzers 1998
Fever Fundanzers 1998
Screamer Juilliard Audition 1997
Whispers Hidden Valley Art Institute 1990
Opus Hidden Valley Art Institute 1990
Do You Want to Dance Laguna Beach Dance Ensemble 1990
When Sonny Gets Blue Laguna Beach Dance Invitational 1989
Peace Utah State University 1988