Sharp was born in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). She began her professional
education at the North Carolina School of Arts, training with Duncan Noble,
Peter Apple, Bill Griffith, Joop Sanders, David Howard, Pauline Koner and
From 1968 to 1973 she danced with the Atlanta Ballet in Atlanta, Georgia and
with the Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. In 1973 she joined the
renowned Basler Ballet in Basel Switzerland to continue her career under the
direction of Heinz Spoerli. As a soloist in Basel, Cathy Sharp gained
rapidly international recognition for her interpretations in neo-classical
and modern choreographies.
She founded her own dance company in 1991. Since then, the ensemble has
developed a large repertoire of modern and contemporary choreographies.
Cathy Sharp has choreographed over 20 works for the company. She also
teaches regularly as a guest at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and in
Shawbrook, Ireland, and was a jury member at the Prix-de Lausanne in 2005
and 2007. In November 2005, Cathy Sharp was awarded the annual Culture Prize
of the Canton of Basel-City.