Movements Dance Ensemble


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 productions, lectures and stirring workshops.


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

  • 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,
  • 2003 Alberta Dance Alliance Award, and
  • 2005 R.I.S.E. (Recognizing Immigrant Success & Endeavour) Award in Arts and Culture.
  • Thomas' career spans 25 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.