LeAnna Sharp is a multi-talented performing artist and instructor in the creative arts, as well as a rockin’ Zumba dance fitness instructor! Born and raised in LA, she grew up dancing Latin social dances, particularly Salsa and Bachata, with her El Salvadoran family. Despite her upbringing and love for music, LeAnna was a late bloomer in her dance career due to her extreme sensitivity and shyness! It wasn’t until she was forced to take a theatre improv class that she broke out of her shell and spilled out onto the stage. Having this experience brings understanding and support to her students in expressing themselves as they truly are, and allowing that to shine.
She received her double major in Classical Music as a vocalist, in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre, from San Francisco State University. LeAnna works professionally as singer, dancer and instructor, and has been teaching Zumba dance fitness since 2012 and has been teaching in the performing creative arts such as piano, trombone, voice, acting and dance since 2006. Her formal dance training includes modern (Graham and Cunningham), jazz (Dunham and Horton), Afro-Cuban, Haitian and Brazilian Folkloric, Hip Hop, Swing & Lindy Hop, and her favorite, Latin Ballroom with Ava Apple & the Latin Symbolics in SF, and Rodrigo Guzman in Los Angeles.
LeAnna has a wide variety of experience from choreographing and performing with Latino theater companies such as El Grupo Arco Iris, SF, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, and El Teatro Campesino, San Jose, to touring in South America with a multicultural, bilingual production, to working with contemporary theaters such as the Magic Theatre, SF, Shotgun Players, Berkeley and Brick House Theatre, LA. As an educator, LeAnna holds a strong belief that the arts is a gift to be shared with all. She has had the honor of serving as the Co-Creative Director of the SF Young Dancers Program, providing Ballroom dance classes and performance experience to low income and underprivileged youth of SFUSD. She has worked with programs such as SF Juvenile City Hall Youth Now providing dance for incarcerated youth, and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory programs for minorities in the arts. When she is not teaching dance, you can find her on her yoga mat, on a hiking trail, on the basketball court, or most likely, on the salsa dance floor. LeAnna is passionate about living a happy, healthy life and is so grateful to teach dance and share this joy with her students!