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Sheila Barker

Sheila Barker needs no introduction to anyone even vaguely familiar with the world of dance. Dance Teacher magazine recently answered a letter asking “what makes a good dance teacher” by using a picture of Ms. Barker! (“Google” Sheila Barker and you’ll find that literally thousands of dance teachers across America list her in their bios as a favorite teacher or influence.)

Sheila has been an educator, choreographer and performer for over a dozen years in such places as Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Europe and across the USA, with her home base being New York City’s Broadway Dance Center. She received a BFA in dance and has extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, African/Dunham and Musical Theatre. Her performance background ranges from Broadway (Uptown, It’s Hot!, choreographed by Mercedes Ellington -- Sheila was also the dance captain.) and Off-Broadway to industrials, music videos and soap operas (One Life to Live).

Sheila has choreographed many industrials, music videos and stage shows for recording artists, and recently appeared in concert with Savion Glover in Invitation to a Dancer. Sheila is co-founder and director of Success America, a New York summer intensive program for young inspiring dancers. It has placed many youngsters in shows such as: Smokey Joe's Café, Footloose, Big, Contact, The Music Man, and Radio City Music Hall.

The Power of Dance is both humbled and proud that Sheila believes in what we are doing enough to join us in our journey.

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