Sharoan Cohen has been dancing throughout her life, and life’s rhythms are at the root of her dance practice. With and through dance, she embraces the often avoided spaces where identity, vanity, shame, confusion, and society eclipse the innate human gift of physical expression. She believes that by elevating the simplest actions of daily life, as an invitation to dance, everybody can and should dance every day.
Sharoan has been teaching new and seasoned dancers, all ages and abilities, since her undergraduate work at Marlboro College. At Marlboro, she began considering the glorification of the dancer and the inaccessibility to dance and performance narratives. She continues this work in her community with Everyday Dance, the Variety Show, and more recently with Michaela Knox at Spark Dance.
Sharoan is excited to be dancing with Yes! Dance Theatre Ensemble. Dance is woven through every aspect of her life which includes; being a preschool teacher, mother of two young men, and as the At Large Director for the Casco Bay Islands Transit District in her representation of island residents. Her formal dance training began in New Orleans where she studied at Giacobbe Academy of dance and danced with The New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet. Her dance training broadened at Ballet West, Point Park University, Brattleboro School of Dance, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, The Alvin Ailey School, and finally Marlboro College where she earned a BA in Literature and Dance. She is the Artistic Director of the Variety Show at Greenwood Gardens, an annual event that raises funds for the community through live performance while uplifting