Sharon Montella (Hip Hop Ballerina Singer) is a dancer, choreographer, singer, martial artist and yoga teacher. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from the Boston Conservatory, is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and holds black belts in Kung Fu and Tai Chi.
Sharon is a multi-faceted dance and movement artists and holds an M.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory under the Tokunagas, whom she credits with guidance throughout her teaching and choreographic career. She has danced with Boston Dance Company, Impulse Dance (Adrienne Hawkins), Boston Dance Collective and Michael Mao (Dinosaur Dance) in Boston and NY. With Dinosaur she toured the U.S., including City Center in New York. In New York she also danced in the modern companies of Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Bicycle Shop Dancers and with tap artist Alan Onickle. She can be seen in the music videos Revolverlution and Gotta Give the Peeps What They Want by rap artists Public Enemy, and in the film Dance By Design, directed by Valerie Heather Weiss. She choreographed the jazz dance section of The Moses Project on members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and for Project Concern (a youth hip hop group from Roxbury and Dorchester) at Paris Music Festival, Disneyland Paris, Canada, and Disney World. Her hip hop choreography has been televised locally and on Canadian National TV. She danced in the promotional release for Justin Timberlake’s Cologne “Play” and choreographed and danced a hip hop duet with arts and entertainment personality Joyce Kulhawik in May, 2010 as part of “Dancing with the Springstep Stars” to honor Springstep Cultural Award Recipient Ben Vereen. In NY, her work has been presented at Hatch Presenting Series at Jennifer Muller Works, The Exchange,Tenjune and Triskelion Theater for WAXworks and by Kelley Donovan at Pearl Studios.
Musicals choreographed include Grease, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sweet Charity, Forum, Twilight L.A. and The Moses Project on dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Ms. Montella serves on the faculties of UMass Boston and Pine Manor College, where she founded and directs the Dance Ensemble and where she teaches Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Yoga and Self-defense and the Moving Art of Kung Fu. At UMass Boston, she teaches Hip Hop, Multicultural Dance (West African, Haitian Folklore and Salsa) and Urban Contemporary Dance. Additionally, she has taught for student organizations at Harvard University and MIT. She teaches Hip Hop at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, where Hip Hop was voted Best in Boston 2017 by Improper Bostonian Magazine.
Sharon teaches yoga at Harborview Fitness and Health in Charlestown, MA, Pine Manor College, Boston Center for Youth and Families, the North Bronx National Council Negro Women Child Development and privately. An advanced practitioner herself, she enjoys teaching students of any level! She received her 200 RYT under Gregor Singleton and Claire MacDonald at Baptiste Yoga in 2015 after 8 years of diligent practice on her mat. Her expertise in yoga and dance enable her to encourage students to build a solid foundation on their mat while experiencing the joy of incorporating power moves in a ways that feel safe and fluid. Using a sequential building of the yoga asanas (postures) within a vinyasa (breath) flow, the student is led through a truly renewing, invigorating and relaxing practice.
Kung Fu/Tai Chi
Sharon is a 6th degree black belt in White Dragon Fist Pai Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi under Sifu Clarence Cooper. She is the First Place winner in Advanced Women’s Weapons and Empty Hand at K.R.A.N.E. Triple Crown tournament in Warwick, RI March 2019, 1st place winner in the World Martial Arts Federation Karate/Kung Fu Spring 2016 Tournament in the Advanced Kung Fu Weapons Forms Division. In July 2017, she took the silver medal for Advanced Women's Tai Chi, open style, and the bronze medal for advanced women's Kung Fu Open Hand Forms at the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship in Orlando, Florida. She has taught kung fu and tai chi at Pine Manor College, Amigos Cambridgeport Community Afterschool, Dance Complex Summer Sizzle Program, Milton Academy, Students of Color Conference 2016 in South Hamilton, MA, at Pai Lum Summer Clinics in Boston under Sifu Cooper and Sifu Malcolm Lucas and privately.
Sharon has appeared at The Middle East/Zuzu Restaurant, Internal Matter in South Boston and at Fort Point Art Walk/Midway Open Studios with keyboardist Allen Razdow and accoustic bass player Jobe Freeman, on whose recent CD Ms. Montella recorded backing vocals. In Off Off Broadway and Regional Theater and classical recitals, she has sung variety of arias, Broadway show tunes, jazz and blues. Her favorite musical theater roles include: Connie Wong in A Chorus Line, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Grisabella in Cats, and Faye in Elizabeth Addison's 'This is Treatment.' She has trained with Charles Sorrento from Berklee College of Music and Taylor Stilson (taylorstilsonvoice.com)
Headshots by Jeffrey Hornstein