Shar Mitchell

Peaceful as abated water infused with the strength and ferocity of the high tide – it’s the
beautiful juxtaposition Shar brings to her dancing, entrepreneurship & everyday life.

Shar was born in Beautiful Byron Bay on Australia’s East Coast. Having felt the music and movement in her bones at a young age, Shar led a creatively-motivated childhood that opened the doors for her to study at the highly reputable Newtown Performing Arts High School as the only full-time student in the 1998 dance department.
Specialising in Contemporary, she studied with an open heart and eager mind. But it wasn’t until 2002, when a last-minute rehearsal at Dance Central led her to discover her true passion for World Dance and all the beauty and rich cultural history it held.
It was at the newly opened Surry Hills studio where she traded her time behind the desk for
classes that would allow her to experiment with sounds and movement adopted from various
cultures worldwide.
As her range as a dancer grew, so too did the dance studio, which she would eventually
takeover as Co-Owner and Director in 2008.
Working closely with her business partner and sister-in-law Lisa Baker, the pair have built Dance
Central over the last two decades into a creative legacy where locals and international visitors
have been able to joyously attend classes covering many styles.
Owning the Dance Studio amplified Shar’s passion for dance and presented her with
opportunities to travel and dance professionally in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti and
Shar has worked closely with AUSDANCE and the City Of Sydney as a trusted advisor and
choreographer. Outside of her professional duties, Shar enjoys sharing her love of movement and creative inspiration with others as a choreographer for film and television and a teacher at the studio as well as in schools within Sydney and the outer Sydney regions.
She is also a proud movement facilitator with SWITCH Dance Community that provide weekly
dance classes for kids, teens, and adults with disabilities.
She truly believes that dance can be a positive and therapeutic experience, regardless of age
and ability, and wants to spread her love, passion and knowledge for the performing art with all.

QUOTE: “…for without dance I would never have had the opportunity to chant with the
Hawaiians at the base of the Volcano, or Dance barefoot and pregnant with the African tribes
of Mozambique!… Memories of the past and endless possibilities for the future….” –Shar.

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