Title: Artistic Director, Owner
Company: Capistrano Academy of Dance
Location: Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Sharon Beeman Kinney, Artistic Director and Owner of the Capistrano Academy of Dance, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dance performance and education.
At the age of five, Ms. Kinney’s parents enrolled her in dance classes at the local dance studio, which commenced her life-long love for artistic movement. When it came time to pursue a formal education, Ms. Kinney earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and movement from the University of Detroit Mercy. She went to begin her professional career as a staff member within the University of Houston’s dance department. In the following years, she brought her skills to the Houston Dance Theater and the Michigan Ballet Theater, where she served as artistic director and resident choreographer, respectively. Currently, she is excelling as the artistic director and owner of the Capistrano Academy of Dance.
A gifted performer, Ms. Kinney has danced with the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, as well as the Warsaw Opera House in Poland. Further, she has directed and performed in numerous radio and television commercials and has found joy in serving as a judge for a plethora of dance competitions throughout the United States. Notably, in 2000, the International Dance Teachers Association awarded Ms. Kinney with the Award of Excellence. Looking toward the future, she hopes to remain active in the dance world by the mediums of teaching, judging and performing. Truly passionate about inspiring, training and encouraging young people in the fields of dance and music, Ms. Kinney does not plan to stop her work any time soon.
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