Shamita is a multi-faceted performance artist and theatre maker who specialises in movement and devised work. Experienced in both stage and screen mediums; Shamita is a performer who enjoys a challenge. A trained dancer from an early age, after over 16 years of ballet training, as well as a broad range of other dance styles; she developed an interest in dance theatre forms such as Butoh alongside her acting. She holds a BA Performing Arts from Monash University, supplemented by training with Film & Television Studios International, Stella Adler AoA Los Angeles, AAFTA, and Meisner Technique. As a performing artist her work has travelled across Australia and overseas, from the tropical islands of Guam and Brunei, to cosmopolitan Singapore. She often incorporates intercultural practices and cross disciplinary elements into her work, inspired by everyday experiences, music and sound, and socio- political issues she is driven by. When not on large scale stages and screens, she is an active performer of Australia's queer cabaret scene, and is passionate about creating high energy performances with her signature style. Behind the scenes, Shamita is also a keen writer and director, and is popularly consulted for movement direction.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"A wildly talented performance artist...shows us you can wear many hats and kick arse in all of them" - Three Fates
Outcasting (Short film) 2017
PURPLE (short film) 2017
Love, Automated; (Short Film) 2017
SALMON 2018 (Short Film)
An Artist, Young (Short Film) 2018, Doorman Alley productions
Volley 2018 Moments campaign, Dir Joel Egan
Feedback, (Web Series) 2019
UPLIFT mini series, (Performer and choreographer) 2019
BONES (short dance film, currently in post 2019)
Someone Else (Short Film) 2020
Dashboard Dogs (Feature) 2019
'Naari' Music Video (choreographer and performer) 2019
Guilt - Jackson- Music Video 2019
Written in the Stars (Pilot) 2020
Short Distance Romance (Web Series) 2020
Sugarhope Records (in post-production) 2020
Bleed Australian (Short Film) 2021
Coconut (Feature) 2021
Twin Flame (Personal Project in development)
Shamita has had extensive dance training. Her foundation began with 16 years of RAD ballet training, which she continued until RAD Advanced 1. Over the years she has become proficient in Jazz, Commercial, Bollywood, Contemporary, Hip hop, and tap. She is comfortable in Afro- Caribbean and dancehall styles, and is also an avid Voguer.
She has performed internationally, at various occasions and venues ranging from car launches with Audi and Toyota, exclusive private events, Boxing day test matches, and even the State Library of Victoria. She has performed both solo and as a member of Urban Vibe dance crew. You can often find her performing frequently at local queer events and cabaret shows.
In 2013 Shamita began delving into physical theatre explorations and has since completed workshops and training for Butoh, Suzuki and Bogart practices. She endeavours to refresh her training at least once a year.
She currently dances freelance as well as with Sapphire dance Company; Melbourne's premiere Bollywood dance co. She is also one half of Commercial/ Vogue duo SIZE KWEENS with frequent collaborator Gerard H Pigg. She teaches dance and Barre at Eve Studio in Preston/Brunswick; and is available for private hire, hens parties, choreography and one off workshops. At the start of 2021, Shamita became a certified Spin/ Rhythm riding instructor with Vicious Cycle, and teaches at their South Yarra branch. As a fitness/dance instructor, Shamita is a supportive, passionate and knowledgable teacher who brings her experience and joy for movement with her, along with a bangin' playlist! She is known for her ability to bring out the best in the shyest of movers, and encourages and supports people to push beyond their comfort zones.
Shamita is currently creating, choreographing and assisting the production of an original movement/dance film entitled 'Twin Flame' with one of her creative partners Ida Ghatge. Twin Flame is one of her most ambitious projects to date.
Full detailed dance CV available upon request.