Program Director and Artistic Director
Shari Furnstahl is the mother of four children and has been married to Dave for 27 years. She began singing at age 3 and continues to share her voice professionally as a singer and voice teacher.
In addition to vocal training with renowned coach Maestro, David Kyle, Shari learned dance and choreography skills through training at The Dance Center of Seattle. Her choreography and stage show production credits include: The Momentum Assembly Program, Follies at the Fifth Avenue, the Applause Broadway Revue, the Silver Spurs Country Western Revue, Encore, Generation X, Act One, The Sugar Plum Kids, The Singing Nativity, and The Competitive Dance TEAM of The Dance Academy of Puyallup.
Shari and her husband Dave produce A Victorian Country Christmas Festival at the Washington State Fair Events Center. A Victorian Country Christmas Festival was started by Shari’s parents and she is proud to continue this family friendly Christmas tradition!
Shari earned a BA in psychology, a fifth year teaching certification, an endorsement in special education, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. Shari is a special education teacher at Rainier Middle School in Auburn. Shari’s four children have participated in recreational and competitive dance since the age of three. Her book Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones provides inspiration and encouragement to families; especially those with special needs children. Shari is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of special needs and “at risk” students.
Shari is an award winning choreographer in solo, duo, trio and group categories! Competition routines reaching first place overall in 2012, 2013, and 2014 including:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Dreams to Dream
What A Feeling
When I Grow Up
You Should Be Dancing
You Can’t Stop The Beat