Modern dance artist Elizabeth Shea has received numerous grants and commissions to create dance works. Her choreography has been chosen for performance by the World Dance Alliance, the National Dance Association, the American College Dance Festival Association, the International Computer Music Association, Regional Dance America, and for the 13th Bi-Annual Symposium in Arts and Technology. Most recently, her work was shown at Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC, NY and at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., where former Paul Taylor dancer Constance Dinapoli performed Liz’s work These Hands with Karen Reedy Dance. Her choreography The Nature of Human was performed by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble as part of their 2011-2012 season, and she has been commissioned to create a new work for EDE which will premiere in the fall of 2013. Liz also served as a guest artist at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in April of 2013, teaching and setting Lucy’s Bones on the Academy’s Ensemble, who performed it in Jerusalem, and in Tel Aviv at Warehouse #2, home of the Israeli Choreographer’s Association. Her choreography “All Into My Arms” has been selected for performance at the American Dance Guild’s Festival 2013 at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, NYC, NY, Nov. 8-10, 2013.
A master teacher, Liz has served on the faculty and as a guest artist at many universities, dance companies, and dance schools. She was an Artist-in-Residence for the State of Florida, and in addition to her work in Israel, has also taught for several dance schools in China, and this past summer, was a guest artis tat Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy, teaching her own unique approach to training the nervous system for flexibility and ingenuity. Liz holds a graduate degree in the acquisition of motor skills and performance, and has developed an approach toward affecting change in movement patterns in trained dancers through somatic practices, feedback, and muscle engagement. Liz is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and currently serves on the dance faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she is Director of Contemporary Dance.