a Principal Dancer with DTH, Sheila toured extensively in the
United States, the Caribbean and Europe, performing as soloist in
several works in the repertoire, including "Dougla," "Biofera,"
"Tones," and "Rhythmetron."
performed with other dance companies, both ballet and modern.
She was Soloist and Ballet Mistress with the Nanette Bearden Contemporary
Dance Theatre and toured China and Korea in 1986 with the
Myung Sook Chun Dance Company, a modern dance troupe.
Sheila also danced the role of Rosa Parks in Gordon Parks'
television movie, Martin
.the Ballet, and performed in a production
of Porgy and Bess, choreographed by Carmen De Lavallade, at the
Metropolitan Opera House in 1991.
has also been a choreographer and teacher. She was an assistant
to renowned choreographers Louis Johnson, John Jones, Talley Beatty,
Walter Nicks and Walter Rutledge and choreographed pieces of her
own for schools, theater groups and cultural organizations.
From 1983-86 she was Adjunct Professor of Dance at The College
of Staten Island; taught Ballet in the adult and junior divisions
of the Alvin Ailey American Dance School from 1986-97, as well as
in NYC public schools and NAACP after-school programs.
has retired from performing, but is actively teaching and choreographing
new works. In 2001 she was commissioned to choreograph a
ballet for the Staten Island Ballet and in 2004 she revived
the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater, her sister's former
company. Sheila also teaches ballet/jazz/exercise programs, specializing
in beginning and senior dancers.
Sheila is currently on the Board of Directors of the Romare
Bearden Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization preserving the
legacy of renowned American artist Romare Bearden.
Sheila is also Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors
of the Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island.