Shamita is a multi-faceted performer and director who enjoys choreographing and devising new work. A trained dancer from an early age, after over 16 years of ballet training and multiple other dance styles, she gradually developed an interest in dance theatre forms such as Butoh alongside her acting. After completing her BA performing arts from Monash University, she studied acting further at Stella Adler AOA Los Angeles, Film and Television Studios international as well as the Meisner technique. As a performing artist her work has travelled across Australia and overseas. Shamita is a keen writer and director, and is popularly consulted for movement direction. 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. She is also an active performer in Australia's queer scene, and is passionate about creating for the LGBTIQ community.
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
UPLIFT mini series, (Performer and choreographer) 2019
BONES (short dance film, currently in post 2019)
Becoming (post production stage) 2019
Dashboard Dogs (upcoming) 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
Twin Flame (Personal Project in development)
Fear itself (concept film) 2021
Shamita has had extensive dance training. Her foundation began with 15 years of RAD ballet training, which she continued until RAD Advanced 1. Over the years she has become proficient in Jazz/Jazz Ballet, Bollywood, Modern, contemporary and lyrical styles. She is also trained in Hip hop, and tap, and is comfortable in Afro- Caribbean and dancehall styles, and is an avid Voguer.
She has performed internationally, at various occassions and venues ranging from car launches with Audi and Toyota, exclusive private events, to the state library of victoria. She has performed both solo and as a member of Urban Vibe dance crew.
Aside from performing she has also choreographed in various styles and levels. Although she tends to choreograph for dancers and adults, she has previously for choreographed children as young as 6.
In 2013 Shamita began delving into physical theatre explorations and has since completed workshops on Butoh, Suzuki and Bogart practices.
She currently dances freelance as well as with Sapphire dance Company; Melbourne's premiere Bollywood dance co. She teaches Vogue classes at Studio J Richmond, and 'Femme and Fierce' and Barre at Eve Studio in Preston/Brunswick. Shamita is also creating, choreographing and assisting the production of an original movement/dance film in 2021 entitled 'Twin Flame'.
Full detail dance CV available upon request.
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
YUMMY. Curated by James Welsby, Melba Spiegeltent 2016
The 6th Annual Drag Party- Prince tribute performance @Scratch Warehouse 2016
BodyMine Small and Loud Development at Workers Club 2016
Kali performance at ASIATOPA Long pasts, Possible Futures 2017
Menage a trois: Fetish, Form and Flames @Speakeasy HQ 2017
The Cocoa Butter Club Melbourne, 2017
Grand Prix Finale Party Performance 2017
Vampires Ball Royal Melbourne Hotel 2017
Unicorns, A Club Kid Affair, Party Performance 2017
Unicorns, MARDI PARTY at Sydney Mardi Gras, The Langham 2018
Pandora Jewellery at The Calyx, Sydney 2018
Queen of the Night WHITNEY medley (In collaboration with Little Ones Theatre) Melbourne Fringe 2018
Netflix and Chill cabaret, 24 moons 2018
'A night of Bollywood- Yatra' Just shows to Go, 6 week tour 2018
Baby Got Back (Perth Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, MICF) 2019
India@Mindil Festival 2019 Headliner with SAPPHIRE DANCE
I LOVE GAY at Melt Festival, Brisbane 2019
Menage a Trois remount at Evies Disco Diner 2019
'Rhythm Nation' Melbourne Fringe/Little Ones Theatre 2019
'The Paper planes I made for you'- Movement director 2019
The Saddle Qlub- Guest Performing artist October 2019
Indian Association of Guam- Sapphire Dance co international tour 2019
'Naari' Music video performer and choreographer 2019
'Stockholm' movement director and choreographer 2019
'Just the Tonic'- Gin Cabaret, 2020
'Cooped up cabaret' Bollywood performance Duo, 2020 (Online)
Live From Your Living Room, ep 3, 2020 (Online)