The mission of Shana Simmons Dance is to create performance and dance work that takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, providing audiences with a unique perspective on society and relationships.
Shana Simmons Dance (SSD) was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Shana Simmons to create unique and engaging contemporary dance. Since its founding, Simmons has used dance as a means to express other people’s opinions as well as her own: to interpret and create. She takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, and her choreographic expressions are created from the ways in which our society is changing, the need for intimate connections to people and objects, and providing the viewer a unique perspective, if not participatory action. The result for the viewer is an emotional reaction or a thought process about the work.
SSD projects aim to draw audiences into modern dance in new and creative ways and highlight current societal topics for project based work. These projects forward communities by creating thoughtful performances and inspiring lives through dance and artistic vision. SSD firmly believes in supporting artistic growth within its company members by encouraged development of their own voices.
Shana Simmons Dance officially received their non-profit status in February of 2017.
THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
Performing as part of TRACKS: Where will dance take you?
Shana Simmons Dance performs A Diddy, featuring Point Park students and excerpts from PASSENGER (2014)
WEDNESDAY JUNE 7, 12PM-1PM, MAIN STAGE
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 730-9PM, PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATER, RSVP REQUIRED
An eclectic assortment of short dance works by a variety of dance groups, each bringing their own dancers and performing their original works. This unique event will showcase a wide range of styles, ages and flavors of dance and is sure to have something for everyone.
PRESENTED BY Texture Contemporary Ballet
When: Sunday, Oct 1, 2017, 5:30pm
Where: The New Hazlett Theater
Dance Shorts will be presented in one performance only, following the conclusion of Texture's production Boundless which runs Sep 29 - Oct 1st. $5 tickets available to anyone attending a full length Boundless performance that weekend.
The Missing Peace features three Pittsburgh based choreographers (Jamie Erin Murphy, Brady Sanders, Shana Simmons) all tackling three separate social issues: Alzheimers Disease, depression/suicide, and self identity. Our goal is to bring together people that might be struggling with these issues and install a sense of hope to them while raising awareness to outsiders about these issues through dance. We believe these are all too common in our society today and artistic performances can bring so much more connection and feeling to audiences than just words.
This project is supported by the Heinz Small Arts Initiative.
PERFORMANCE DETAILS TBD,