WHO ARE YOU?
I’m Darling Anita Shear a mixed media artist. I have many passions and have made a living out of do what I love for over 10 years. My art consists of Fashion, Movement and Therapy.
My fashion career spans over seven years which includes designing my clothing lines “A.Squire” and “Knigaroshi” founded the summer of 2001. My styling for national and local television working with “The Green Room Agency” based out of Atlanta from 2009 to 2011 where we worked with NBC, FOX, BRAVO NETWORK and TURNER BROADCASTING NETWORK. Also my own styling company “Heel My Sole”, where we focus on styling you from the foundation… your feet. Everyone knows the proper shoe will make or break an outfit and so I do what I can to build a look that tells a story.
Darling is a Chicago Native but has roots in Atlanta where Darling started dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where Darling was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African. Darling began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time worked with many great choreographers. The highlights were working with Bubba Carr choreography/artistic director to Cher for 12yrs and counting, Rhonda Henriksen soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp, Tracy Vogt former Philadanco dancer, Hinton Battle the Original Scarecrow from the broadway production of “The Wiz” and Lauri Stallings Hubbard street soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. Darling moved back to Chicago the summer of 2011 to start Suna Dance a collaborative artist group and had the first performance in November of 2011. Darling, a freelance dancer/choreographer in the city has worked with The Fly Honeys of the The Inconvenience, Body Cartography of Minneapolis, Links Hall, Victoria Bradford, Chicago AIDS Foundation, chances dances, no small plan productions, Slo’Mo, the Public hotel, Soho House Chicago, Growing Power inc., expo Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, the school of the art Institute, Depaul museum, University of Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Film Archive, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Salonathon, and Open TV beta.
I am a fourth generation healer and practice Movement Therapy. Movement Therapy is Movement based therapy that helps people with Mental and Physical trauma through a combination of Classical Dance Techniques, Yoga, Acro Yoga, Tai Chi and Thai Massage. My training is from my Shamanic studies and lessons passed down from my Great Great grand mother. Being of Native American decent (Siksika) I take great pride in being able to use my history and create a modern twist on old tradition.