Sharon Mansur is a Washington, DC based experimental contemporary dance artist whose work integrates choreographic and improvisational approaches, and blends visual and visceral environments. Her multi-layered performances and installations have been witnessed in theaters, galleries, parks, plazas, street corners, gardens, cafés, apartments, train stations, storefronts, fields, rivers and other venues throughout the U.S., and in England, Argentina, Ireland and Mexico. Improvisation as a research and performance practice is a primary focus, as well as themes concerning presence, identity, and perception. Her creative work has been supported by: Dance Place, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation, among others. Since 2002 Sharon has loosely directed the mansurdance performance project, with several near and far flung movement, sound, light, visual and media-based collaborating artists. Originally from Boston, MA, Sharon holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Connecticut College, a Certificate in Movement Analysis/C.M.A. from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and an M.F.A. in Dance from George Mason University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.