Ms. Namita Nayyar: How did you feel before and after your memorable and distinguished honor of performing for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: OMG! Words can’t describe my feelings. I lived every single second of the experience. It was like walking on air. It was the most insane and surreal feeling of my life.
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Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your experience of working in Burn The Floor. It was wildly successful both on Broadway and in selling over 4 million tickets in over 30 countries and 160 cities. You had the incredible fortune to tour with them for 6 years?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: Burn The Floor was more than I could have ever dreamed of. Those 6 years were some of the hardest and best years of my life. I would not be the choreographer that I am today had I not worked under the direction of the incredible Jason Gilkison who taught me everything I now about choreography.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You choreographed the feature film, Street Dance 2 in 3-D. You not only created some of the most electrifying Latin and salsa dance scenes on film to date but you also worked with renowned choreographers Rich + Tone Talauege to fuse the worlds of hip hop & Latin together. Tell us about this innovative unification.
Ms. Sharna Burgess: It’s hard to describe. It was all a mix of latin, afro-cuban, salsa and hip hop of all styles. It was a wonderfully creative process with Rich and Tone and I wish I could do it all over again. If you want to check it out, you can definitely get it on Net Flix.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You moved from your native Australia to the United States. For a dancer adjusting to a new culture must be difficult and then adjusting to a dance career in another country only adds to the difficult change. What advice would you give to fellow dancers in a similar situation?
Ms. Sharna Burgess: I feel that today our various cultures are so intermixed that I don’t notice a difference that would make it difficult for me. Sure things are different like foods, products, what side of the road you drive on and other things like that but they are all easy things to adapt to. My advice to anyone who struggles with a change in culture is to embrace it, you don’t have to change who you are but learning and experiencing other cultures is part of the beauty of travel and living!