Shannon C. McMullan: Dancer
New York City
What Moves You?
“You were once wild here, do not let them tame you.”
Shannon is a native Houstonian where she grew up dancing ballet, tap, and jazz. In May 2015, she received her BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. During her education, she heavily studied the Erick Hawkins technique which led her to discover a love of historical modern dance. Shannon was first introduced to the Duncan technique spring of 2014 and ever since has dedicated her performance career to the lineage of Isadora Duncan. Shannon now lives in New York City where she continues to study the Duncan technique, improvisation, and contemporary work. She currently apprentices for Dance Visions NY under direction of Beth Jucovy, a Long Island based Duncan Company. She is also an apprentice for Dances by Isadora under direction of Catherine Gallant. She is a company member and collaborator with L E M I Collective, a contemporary and improvisational dance company, where she has performed at various festivals throughout the New York City area including: Queensboro Dance Festival, Biomorphic Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Pop Showing, and Fertile Ground. Shannon participates with Dances for Solidarity, which is a project that sends a list of dance movements to prisoners in solitary confinement, creates healthy and beneficial relationships with prisoners, and aims to bring awareness to the inhumane conditions in our prison system. In September 2015, she created SM-Dance Arts which acts as her ‘choreographic umbrella’ and is used to explore the relationship of Duncan dance and our current dance era, and how to relate Isadora’s work in more relative experiences. Shannon frequently writes on her Duncan blog, Shannon with Isadora, where the main focus of her writings are to question, “How do we make this relative?”, “Is it irrelevant because it is ‘old’?”. She also intertwines her dance career into a direct reflection of how she views the world and how it shapes her life journeys and experiences.
For more: shannonwithisadora.wordpress.com
Outdoor photo credits: Jon Taylor Photography