Shana Menaker began dancing at the age of three in order to learn the difference between right and left. After receiving her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, she joined the New York based Sara Rudner Performance Ensemble touring the United States, Canada, and Europe. Over the years Shana has danced as a freelance performer with a number of choreographers including Douglas Nielsen, Louis Falco, Douglas Dunn, Alvin Mayes and Heather Ahern. Here in California Shana earned an MFA in dance from California State University, Long Beach. While at Long Beach she assisted choreographer Charles Moulton in staging his renowned Precision Ball Passing at The Carpenter Center and at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. For more than twenty years she has choreographed and taught modern dance, choreography, improvisation, yoga for dancers, and dance appreciation in the dance departments of Orange Coast College, Soka University, UC Irvine and Chapman University. Shana embraces a deep appreciation of all art forms, while seeking a spirit of originality and creative play.
Instructor of: Modern, Improvisation, Yoga for Dancers, Appreciation of Dance