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Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Shannon Murphy is dance artist and educator living in Philadelphia. Since 2006 she has woven threads of movement, healing, education, and performance into the fabric of Philadelphia that surrounds her. After 10 years of studying with Eric Franklin, she now specialized in Franklin Method for dance and is one of the first English speaking Franklin Method faculty members. Shannon is co-creating a Franklin Method for dance certification with Eric Franklin to help encourage the evolution of healthy dancing and pedagogies.
Shannon is both an independent dance maker and a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions alongside founder, Jumatatu Poe. Dancing for and collaborating with Jumatatu Poe for many years, idiosyncrasy productions was the home for most of her work. Most recently, the company serves as a resource to produce public dialogues around the integrations of art into society, and the social responsibility of the artist. Shannon is currently an artist in residence at the Whole Shebang where she teaches professional level technique classes and is developing new work. She was a Mascher resident, (2015-17) FringeArts LAB Fellow (2013) and a New Edge Resident in Dance (2011). Her work has been presented nationally and throughout Philadelphia including AUX Space, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, FringeArts Festival and Scratch Nights, Group Motion Dance Company’s Spiel Uhr, Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, Koresh's Come Together Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) and RealLive People Presents. As a freelance performer, Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including: anonymous bodies||art collective/Kate Watson-Wallace, Charles Anderson/ Dance Theater X, Group Motion Dance Co, Kosoko Performance Group, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and has performed works by Peggy Baker, Boris Charmatz, Wally Cardona, and Rennie Harris.
Education has always played a large roll in Shannon's professional and artistic work. She started as an assistant teacher at her studio as a child and has always kept teaching dance as a part of her life. She has proudly worked at University of The Arts an an Adjucnt Assistant Professor since 2013 where she teaches contemporary studio practices, Body Pathways, and Franklin Method, allowing her to research and implement Franklin Method's impact on contemporary dance training. She became the curricular head of Body Pathways in the Fall semester of 2016. As an adjunct teacher, she often teaches at Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University and was the Assistant Director of Drexel Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017. She has been a guest teacher at many university dance programs, summer programs for high school age dancers, and even young dancers in training. For 10 years she taught and developed programming for the Koresh Children's School as well as the outreach program, bringing dance to public and charter schools in Philadelphia, and currently continues to work with young dancers at Philadelphia Dance Academy.