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Elizabeth Shea
IU Bloomington

Elizabeth Shea

College of Arts and Sciences

Expert Bio

Elizabeth Shea is a professor and director of contemporary dance at Indiana University Bloomington. Reviewed as “a remarkable contemporary dance display,” her choreography has been produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented at numerous festivals and major cities across the U.S., as well as in Australia, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and China.

Shea has been a guest artist for many professional companies and universities, most recently Eisenhower Dance and as a collaborator with NYC-based Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup. She presented the site-specific work “Ascension” at the Eskenazi Museum of Art to over 1,000 people; her newest choreography, “Rhythm Runs Through It,” premiered this year at Dixon Place in NYC and has been invited to RADfest, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Shea also creates extensively in new media and film, screening her work at film festivals internationally. Awards include Best Choreography for the Lens, Best Dance Film and Best Ensemble. She teaches her self-developed somatic system, SomaLab, yogic practices and choreographic methods at workshops in the USA and abroad, most recently at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and Dance Italia, in Lucca, Italy.

She was awarded a prestigious Eastman Residency in the Arts and Humanities on Martha’s Vineyard to develop a program of somatic practice for non-medical hospice workers and presented at the 2022 Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium and the 32nd International Association for Dance Medicine and Science conference in Limerick, Ireland. She is also a 500-hour registered yoga teacher.

Areas of Expertise

Choreography, dance-making and movement design for live concert performance, new media and film, somatic research, theory, and pedagogy, yoga and somatics for caregivers.

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