Shara Rahimovna Karsakpaeva was born in Kazakhstan. She graduated in GITIS”A. V. Lunacharski” in Moscow, subject – ballet director, qualification – teacher-choreographer. She started her creative activity as a student in Moscow Academic Choreography School in Bolshoy Theatre and continued as a soloist at the State Academic Theatre “Abai” in Alma-Ata, where she performed leading solo parts in the performances “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, “Silfida”, “Shopeniana”, “Pahita”, “Bayaderka”, “Sleeping Beauty” and others.
Shara Karsakpaeva has a long and rich pedagogical activity. She taught at the State Choreographic School “A. Seleznyova” in Alma-Ata, then she worked as a teacher-choreographer in Russian-English Ballet “Meneks” in Moscow.
In 1990 she worked as a teacher in classical dance at the State Choreographic School (now the National School of Dance) in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She taught classical dance at the National Music Academy, National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, New Bulgarian University, Secondary School of Russian Embassy in Sofia, Lycee Francaise “Victor Hugo” and English-American College in Sofia. She was a leading trainer in Private Ballet School “Mika Jurga” in Greece. She leaded a seminar on classical ballet under the aegis of UNESCO.
In 1999 she founded the Russian Ballet School – Sofia and in 2004 opened Private School for Dance “Galina Ulanova” with specialty “classical dance” and from 2007 – “modern dance”.
In 2009 she opened Private Kindergarten and Private Secondary School, teaching in Russian and English. The same year the three institutions combined their creative activities in one educational and cultural complex – Russian Lyceum – Sofia, whose director became Shara Karsakpaeva.
She created more than forty concerts in Bulgaria and nine European countries. She wrote a thesis “Links and mutual interactions of classical dance and art gymnastics” (Moscow, 1989); studio “Impact of dance on the education of preschool children” (Sofia, 1999, programme “Step by step” of “Soros” open society and Georgetown University, USA); “Social and professional integration of disadvantaged children by teaching them dance in professional ballet school” (Sofia, 2004, project “Equal opportunity”)
Shara Karsakpaeva created twelve original programmes for specialty training in classical dance, licensed by the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria (Sofia, 2004)
The soloists and ensembles taught by her have been participating in several national and international competitions and they have become winners of many prestigious awards.
Shara Karsakpaeva participates actively in society. From 2005 she is a Chairman of the Board of League of Kazakhstan in Bulgaria “Aruh”, member of the management of the Forum of Russian compatriots, member of Russian Club “Soglasie”.
For her active teaching, creative and social activities Shara Karsakpaeva has won many awards:
- Diploma “Zolotaya Muse” (2006)
- Gratitude from the President of the Federation Council of Russia (2006)
- Diploma from the Government Commission of Russia for work with compatriots abroad (2009)
- Honorary Diploma from the Minister of Culture of Russia (2009)
- Silver medal “Union of federations, 15 years” (2009)
- Order “Russian Nation” (2009)
- Medal “Pushkin” (Decree of the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, May 15th, 2010)