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BDC Summer Workshop 2018:


with shannon stewart (new orleans)




BDC welcomes internationally acclaimed teacher and dance artist Shannon Stewart who is based in New Orleans but teaches all over the world.  Shannon is delighted to lead this workshop for young artists. Classes will include Contemporary Technique, Improvisation, Dance Composition, and Dance History. Perfect for BDC students currently in Levels I, II & III. $50 discount for students who take Beg/Int Ballet for a full-day workshop.

Shannon Stewart is a choreographer who was born in the south, raised in the Pacific Northwest and is currently based in New Orleans.  She works with people and bodies of all kinds to make dances for stages, films, galleries, parades, music clubs and any other places of intervention. Her work has toured and screened internationally and she has danced professionally for Deborah Hay, tEEth, zoe|juniper, Salt Horse, Dayna Hanson, and many others.  Shannon’s composition strategies are inspired by a lifetime of cross training in ballet, contemporary, breakdancing, yoga, Gyrotonic® and intensive study with Crystal Pite, Meg Stuart, Ralph Lemon, and Tere O’Connor, but are also informed by the natural and built environments, being an activist, a writer, and having an intense period as a caregiver.  Shannon co-founded Seattle’s Vera Project and wrote a book documenting effective strategies for youth-led art spaces in the US. She has a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Dance from Tulane University.  She currently teaches internationally at festivals and universities. Shannon is a certified Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic® instructor and is a teaching artist with the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program for people living with Parkinson’s disease.