Guest Faculty

Shannon Gillen

Shannon Gillen graduated from The Juilliard School and was later awarded a full fellowship to attend Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she earned her Masters in Dance. She is an established independent choreographer with a passionate fan base and commissions at prestigious national and international venues including Treffpunkt-Rotebuehlplatz, DTW, The Joyce Theater, Tangente Theater with the Montreal Fringe Festival, Bryant Park Presents, and Jacob’s Pillow, among others. She was invited to join the Johannes Wieland Company at the Staatstheater Kassel, Germany as a full time company member. She has since danced in 56 international performances and was singled out in the press for being 'in top form, a feat of strength' (HNA, German News). Shannon also burst onto the choreographic scene in Germany receiving 3rd Prize in Dance at the International Solo-Tanz Competition in Stuttgart. She recently returned to the United States with commissions for NYU’s Second Avenue Dance Company and for the Purchase Dance Company at SUNY with upcoming performances at the Pepsico Theater and New York Live Arts. Upon returning from Europe, Shannon founded the dance theater company VIM VIGOR. Dedicated to the advancement of dance education, Shannon is also a leading contemporary dance teacher in both the professional and higher education arenas. She holds faculty teaching positions at Peridance Capezio Center and Gibney Dance, and is a regular guest teaching artist at The Juilliard School, The Hartt School, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is also on faculty at the Movement Invention Project at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, an annual program dedicated to developing the improvisational and creative skills of tomorrow’s contemporary dancers. www.shannongillen.com

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