Sharon Catherine Blanks

As seen on Dr. Oz!

The fitness industry’s only husband and wife power duo, Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine are the First Family of Fitness!

Sharon was born and raised in New York City and started acting at age three and a half. She is the daughter of June and Johnny Brown (aka Mr. Bookman from the hit 70’s series “Good Times”) proud mommy of Elijah and one half of the fitness industry’s only super duo.

Some of Sharon’s film credits include the role of  Kim in A Chorus Line with Michael Douglas, Lila in For Keeps with Molly Ringwald, and Debra in Sister Act 2 with Whoopie Goldberg. She starred on Broadway as Effie in Dreamgirls and  The  Narrator in Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat. She also starred as Velma in Regina Taylor’s Crowns, the female lead in Smokey Joe’s Café for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award, the Seasons of Love soloist in the West Coast premiere of Rent with Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah in The Playground, Bogus Moran in One City, and she was the first African-American woman to star as Lucy in the Frank Wildhorn musical, Jekyll and Hyde.

TV roles include Etta Jones in HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge starting Halle Berry,

Angela, the snooty opera diva on A Different World, The Arsenio Hall Show and she is currently the host of the popular fashion/lifestyle web series The Love It Show. As a dancer she’s worked with such legends as Michael Peters, Jerry Mitchell, Michael Bennett, and Debbie Allen. As a singer she’s worked with Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner.  She is featured in the end sequence of the soon to be released movie I Hope You Dance.

Sharon is a certified fitness instructor with fifteen years in the field. Having dual careers in show business and fitness is an easy fit for Sharon who along with husband and partner Billy Blanks Jr. has traveled the world merging their two passions into the dance fitness sensation known as Dance It Out ®.

Sharon and Billy were dubbed America’s First Family of Fitness and Dr. Oz called them the Fat Fighting couple when they appeared on his show and they shared some of their Live It! recipies. In addition, to The Live It!, Sharon is also the co-author of All In! (getting Your Family on the Same Healthy Page) and In Fitness and In Health (How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mate). Sharon also shares her insight and sharp sense of humor on what it’s like to be a wife, mother, and career woman at age fifty something (yeah, you read it right) in her book The F Word.



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2 Responses to Sharon Catherine Blanks

  1. leslie leigh says:

    I just wanted to drop a line to let you know how much I’m enjoying your class. It’s life changing. My schedule doesn’t allow me to come on this Thursday, so I’ll miss you all very much. I called to see if I could take your class in Northridge, but would have to pay an extra $50.00 per month, so that doesn’t work out. You’re always so busy, and I never get a chance to speak with you real quick. I’m Leslie the “new” one with the asthma. I made the announcement to let you know that sometimes I do have to lean forward to pull in the air as best I can. My Aveolar constrict which doesn’t allow the oxygen to the blood. If I ever have to do this; feel free to use me as an example, and say, don’t do this, she has asthma, and she’s under doctor’s care, but you’re not, so please breathe as I’ve instructed…something like that. 🙂 I’m on oxygen at the moment and daily medication, so I’m doing the best I can, but if I’m struggling; trust me, I’ll fight through, I won’t quit, but please be patient. I’m believing God for a miraculous healing. If you two godly saints could agree with me in prayer for strong healthy lungs and asthma free; that would be great. I listened to your song “breathe” and it made me cry. I can relate so much. God’s blessings to you both. your sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, Leslie (thursdays @ Sherman Oaks) Leigh 🙂

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