Yap Sharon

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Classical Ballet / Dancer

Sharon started dancing at the Phil-Am Ballet School in the Philippines when she was just five years old. When she was 9, her family re-located to the San Francisco Bay Area and later enrolled her at the Santa Clara Ballet School. There, she was trained by Josefa Villanueva and the late Benjamin Reyes, both formerly of the San Francisco Ballet. While at the Santa Clara Ballet School, Sharon danced a variety of roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Scuola di Balleto, and Peter and the Wolf.

In high school, Sharon broadened her stage experience by performing with the James Logan Dance Ensemble, and taking part in the school\'s theater programs, which included such productions as West Side Story and A Chorus Line. In addition, Sharon danced one season with the Santa Clara Vanguard and performed in their rendition of Miss Saigon.

In addition to teaching at Ballet Petit and working as a director for Montessori School of Fremont: Children\'s House, Sharon regularly contributes to many non-profit organizations such as Ohlone College Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Clubs and Business Associations of Fremont. She currently serves as a board member for Fremont\'s Citizens for Better Community and is an associate board member for the Fremont Education Foundation, and is a founding member of Filipino-American Democratic Club of Alameda County.

Sharon makes incredible artistic contributions to Ballet Petit productions, which she describes as an \"obsession with visual effects and projection on stage.\" Sharon has been teaching at Ballet Petit since 1996.

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