Sharon Friedman holds a BA (Hons) degree in History, an MMus (Dance Education) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Trained in classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz dance, she taught extensively in both primary and high schools before moving into Arts Education. Her teaching experience includes initiating, co-ordinating and teaching dance and movement programmes in a wide range of community projects in Cape Town, and she has choreographed extensively in the contemporary dance medium as well as for opera and music theatre. Sharon is co-author of Teaching Creative Dance – A Handbook. She was a member of the Dance and the Child International Executive from 2001–2003. As a Senior Lecturer at the UCT School of Dance until she retired in 2011, she lectured in Contemporary Dance, Dance History and Teaching Methodology. She has presented papers at local and international dance conferences and published articles in journals – the main focus being dance education and contemporary dance performance in South Africa. Post-retirement, Sharon works as a freelance dance education consultant and academic editor.