Studio Sharise Creative and Performing Arts Center is located above the Historical Burbank Theatre and is dedicated to bringing the fun and challenge of the arts to San Jose. Not just a "Triple Threat", we are a "Multiple Threat" studio training aspiring performers and artists in dance, acting, singing, music and the visual arts. Studio Sharise focuses on developing technical mastery, performance excellence and artistic expression in all students. We also encourage creativity in the non-performer, help wake up latent creative passions in the older population and allow the young to explore their artistic creativity.
Our Mission & Vision
Here at Studio Sharise, our mission is simple: to offer quality, top-notch training and allow the exploration of individual, creative expression in both the performer and non-performer, the artist and those who just want to dabble - all in an encouraging, positive and inspiring environment. Our vision is to see our students excel in their training and give them the confidence, tools and training needed to perform and participate in stage and film productions. Students also have the opportunity to use their talents and hone their skills while working in productions produced by Sharise's company, Mariposa Productions llc, along with other production companies in both the Northern California and LA areas.
Why Studio Sharise Creative and Performing Arts Center?
Process over Product! That's what you'll find at Studio Sharise. Though our students prepare for productions, we believe the process of learning is more important. Focusing on process allows students to feel free to learn, explore, create, and make mistakes without the pressure of performance perfection
At Studio Sharise we support and nurture the love and joy the creative and performing arts can bring! We believe that creative freedom is as important as proper technique, and through the use of holistic, mind-body training, students are encouraged to develop their individual, artistic expression while gaining technical mastery. At our studio we provide quality education and are committed to inspire, train and develop students of all ages and levels. Though personal excellence and commitment is expected, at Studio Sharise you won't find any knuckle smacking, but support in discovering and growing your artist within.
We also know that it is not just about developing the artist, it's about helping develop the individual person. At Studio Sharise, we understand the responsibility of any teacher is to not only mold bodies, but to mold minds - and we take that responsibility very seriously. Whether it's through our "Incredible You" weeks, during classes, or goal setting times, we want our students to learn to value themselves- to see how unique and beautiful they are and help them build the confidence and self - esteem that they need to succeed in their art, and more importantly, their lives. Safety is our priority and all staff/ teachers go through background checks with the Department of Justice to assure that Studio Sharise is a safe environement for all!
Class sizes are limited assuring students receive one-on-one attention in every class and, with so many classes to choose from, you are certain to gain a full and rich experience and a well rounded education in the arts. Experience our vibrant arts community devoted to professionalism and excellence in all that we do All students, no matter their goals, are treated equally and given the same quality of training and opportunities.Click here to learn about our Holistic Mind-Body approach.
Come on In!
It is our desire for all who step into our studio, take our classes or set foot on our stage (or set), feel welcome. We offer parents a cozy living-room style lobby where coffee, tea, cocoa and free Wi-Fi are available; a Garden Room where children waiting for their classes can snack, play board games, do homework, read or color; and a professionally floored and equipped performance studio where students can create and learn. Just walking into Studio Sharise (as students say), is like "coming home".Click here for studio tour
We offer classes to those socially and/or economically disadvantaged (click here to learn about our Shoot for the Stars Scholarship program) and to those with mental and physical limitations as we believe no one should be denied the joy that the performing and creative arts can bring. We are also busy performing at outreach programs such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters and nursing homes. These activities do not only benefit others, but also gives students additional opportunities to put what they have learned to practice - and not just in their training, but in their responsibility to the community, as well.
"Again, I really appreciate all that you are teaching me in jazz class!!! I'm truly learning techniques that I can actually understand as well. It's tough knowing that after 3 lessons, it's over :( Sometimes my local community theater will ask me to choreograph shows and lately it's been a bother to do that because I felt I've lost touch with choreographing. I think it's because I've lost touch with dancing for myself. I've forgotten the joys of movement and dance. But learning dance, even from basic movements and names, I'm learning to love dance all over again. This is a big step because I'm enjoying dance, but hopefully I'll be back enjoying choreographing shows too! I want to do that again and love it! So, I know you have a busy schedule, but would it be possible to continue taking private jazz dance lessons from you? I'm not worried about any conflicts for myself."
My daughter and I love working with Sharise! She's fun, talented, and knows her stuff. She's a good balance of being gentle while still pushing you to give it your all and do your best. She's very encouraging, and helps me feel good about being me.
Pati Smith ( Adult acting student and mother of dance student)
" We really enjoyed your class. We had such a great time! That was something new that we've never done but performing arts was so much fun. We would love to do this again. Can we schedule something for the summer? Thanks again. You were great!"
Stellar Learning Academy
"You do an AMAZING JOB! Thank you for getting residents that wouldn't normally participate involved. You get them active and make it fun for them. Thank you for all the happiness you bring to our residents!"
Activities Director at Lincoln Glen Manor
Here is not a studio, here is a family with great people who motivate and inspire you to make your dreams come true.
Quynh Le ( music student)
My friend and I have taken 5 acting class sessions with Sharise for the summer. Sharise teaches acting in a way the brings out the natural character that we have within us to develop our progress, strength and style in acting. She has these acting/drama games that are unique, and unlike what you might expect in a typical acting or drama class. She really brings it out from you! Sharise is kind, non-judging, and absolutely fun to learn from. She does give suggestions, offers advice, and she will want you to re-do the skit or scene if she feels you may need to fine tune the action or reaction. In other words, lessons with her can be intense, but so worth it, because you will learn a lot of acting techniques and skills. Sounds like an informercial, but I really felt I had developed better acting skills and methods in just 5 lessons! The studio's atmosphere is clean, modern, and from what I've noticed, besides Sharise herself being friendly, outgoing, yet easygoing, the rest of the staff seems happy and friendly as well. I am really looking forward to returning with perhaps more acting lessons, or even dance lessons. Her studio even has an open mic night where her students sign up to perform whether playing an instrument, performing a monologue, dance number, poetry reading. How cool is that??? I really enjoyed acting lessons with Sharise and so did my friend! It was an eye-opening learning experience!