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Shana Simmons Dance

Shana Simmons Dance


Shana Simmons Dance seeks advancement of quality dance performance, and larger
engagement with audiences and the community, through financially accessible interactive and
immersive productions. Our work relies heavily on partnerships and outreach to explore topics
relevant to our community at large with a heavy focus on the integration of movement in

Shana Simmons Dance is a performance troupe based in Pittsburgh, PA that produces
collaborative dance works with interdisciplinary arts, service-based nonprofits, and the
audience. SSD seeks to explore topics most relevant to our current time and surrounding
culture. Each project includes extensive research and outreach interactions with people who
have lived experience of our theme so that we may give them voice with our movement. Through immersive and interactive experiences, we challenge audiences to be absorbed in the content rather than to be passive observers.

Artistic Director Shana Simmons is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Dance
and founded SSD in 2009 following her graduation with a masters from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, England. Since her relocation back to Pittsburgh, PA in 2012, the company has performed numerous works in the city, and her work has been seen in England, Belgium, Chicago, New York City, and at Slippery Rock University. Shana’s experience working for the National Dance Institute in NYC, under the leadership of Jacques d’A

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  • Relative Positions (2012)


  • “...a virtually seamless outpouring of movement, empathy and, surprisingly, a real beauty that immersed the audience in many ways..." Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 2018 The Missing Peace, a Shana Simmons Dance production, is a full length dance performance dedicated to those who have been affected by Alzheimer's Disease, suicide, and struggle with self-identity. Created by choreographers Jamie Erin Murphy, Brady Sanders, & Shana Simmons, The Missing Peace weaves together three works that invoke hope, empathy and inspire action. Together, we can create change and help support others. #bethepeace #themissingpeace Music: Robert Traugh Erik Truffaz & Murcof Julianna Warwick Dancers: Corey Bourbonniere, Carmella Cuomo, JoAnna Dehler, Allegra Golembiewski, Emily Jaikaran, Taylor Knight, Jamie Erin Murphy, Brady Sanders, Shana Simmons, Sara Spizzichini Video: Filming- Chris Padgett, Human City Films Editing- Shana Simmons For representation in North America: Jessica Marino, Artist Manager JAMpress Management TEL: (484) 599.0252

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