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Dear Readers:

Welcome to a New Year with this special issue of Dance Professionals in Hollywood. Now that the holiday goodies have been put away and everyone is looking to this new chapter with anticipation and optimism, we want to feature the people who have entertained us and danced right into our hearts. I am, personally, very excited about the New Year and what it has to offer for you, the reader, and for all of us. We have a tremendous year planned for you!

For the first issue of this year, the January 2014 Shine On Hollywood Magazine (SOHM) brings inspiration and creative movement from four top dance professionals. This month’s cover story features the Singer, Dancer, Actress, “formerly known as”…one of the original Pussycat Dolls, Carmit Bachar, now a solo artist in her own right. Growing up right up here in beautiful Los Angeles, California with the mansions in the Hollywood Hills full of movie stars and the setting sun on Malibu beach drawing visitors from all over the globe, she rose up the ranks in the dancing world and has now spread her talents to many other areas.

This issue also features Jamaican transplant, Sharon Ferguson, who has turned a perceived liability of looking different into an asset and has built a successful career in dance and entertainment. Her story will inspire you.

Finally, we feature the dynamic brotherly dancing duo of Rich and Tone Talauega. These two, virtually picked from obscurity, started big, right out of the gate, dancing with super-star, Michael Jackson. See where their careers have led them since.

We encourage you to “Let them be your motivation.”

As always, SOHM remains a politics and gossip-free publication with its focus on: Real People, Real Stories, from the Arts and Pop Culture Community who make a difference by giving back. We are delighted to share their heart-felt stories with you. We will continue to provide the industry’s foremost creative meeting place with monthly showcases, news, opinions, analysis, and audience feedback.

The exciting, upcoming February issue will feature an emphasis on African-American performers and executives in the entertainment industry. Once relegated to the “Black-Only” theater houses and minstrel shows, African-American’s have carved out a substantial presence in the entertainment world that not only cannot be ignored, but celebrated. These trail-blazers are not only performers, but are also directors, producers and are in every facet of the entertainment business. Meet these powerhouse players and see where they came from and how they are shaping the future in all aspects of the industry.

Look for our exclusive interviews with leading industry professionals.  We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and continued support. Have a great start to your new year!


Arnold Garcia
Founder / Publisher