Shauna Steele is the program director for dance in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Anderson University. She is the founder and artistic director of Mocha Dance Project, which pursues projects engaging the fusion of photography, video, dance and collaboration, and the Associate Director for RusticGroove Dance. With fourteen years of teaching and education experience, her research interests include dance in world culture and context, Africanized movement in the Diaspora of Western culture specifically Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean, the influences of Celtic traditions on art and movement, the function of art in restricted or repressed environment's, and body movement logic.
She was the artistic director of Parallel Differences youth dance and the Associate Instructor for the Indiana University African American Dance Company. Her choreography has appeared in Robert Hay-Smith's Pollen: The Musical, The Tank NYC, Midwest RADfest, the Arizona Positivity Project and the Ypsilanti Fringe Festival. She has taught master classes in Roots of Jazz at Western Michigan University and served as dance faculty at Grand Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan's MPulse summer dance institute. She has lead master classes and workshops in improvisational movement, African dance, modern dance, jazz, Afro-jazz and hip hop. Her professional credits include Windfall Dancers, Dancers Studio Inc., Sancocho: Musica and Dance Collage, Ann Arbor Dance Works, and RusticGroove Dance. She has performed in Robin Wilson's Slave Moth, in Alexandra Beller's Reasons for Moving, and Gay Delanghe's Motor Tango/Tangle.
Her recent projects include This Place, Here, a site-specific dance and film work. Past projects include Millstones and The Positivity Project in Tempe, Arizona. Her current choreography projects include Habitat a site-specific work, My Name, an evening length concert concerning the lost in society and Still Frame, a video dance project mimicking the idea of stop-motion photography as film. She is also the co-author of "Experiencing Dance: A Creative Approach to Dance Appreciation." She received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Michigan with a field focus in Dance History and Art and Technology.
Shauna Steele has been at Anderson University since 2011.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.G.S., Indiana University
M.F.A., University of Michigan