Movements Dance Ensemble

Artistic Director

Since making the City of Edmonton her permanent residence, Sharlene Thomas has made her greatest contributions through Movements: The Afro-Caribbean Dance Ensemble.

She founded this multi-faceted company on February 11, 1990, the day former South African President Nelson Mandela was released from a 27-year prison term. Mandela's personal example of sacrifice, courage, and strength inspired her to influence Edmonton's youth through her dynamic dance theatre, lectures and stirring workshops.

Trinidad and Tobago-born Thomas has led a distinctive career since her migration to Canada. Her many achievements include:

  • Edmonton Arts Council city wide poster 'Arts Impressario'
  • Global TV Woman of Vision Award
  • Professional Performing Arts Award from the Black Achievement Award Society of Alberta
  • Fil Fraser Award for Excellence in Performing Arts
  • Alberta Dance Alliance Award
  • R.I.S.E. (Recognizing Immigrant Success & Endeavour) Award in Arts and Culture
  • Thomas' career spans 30 years, and encompasses all facets of the performing arts including singing, dancing, event planning, lecturing, producing, and dance choreography.

    For a thorough list of her awards and accomplishments, please visit her official website.