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Shawn Womack is a choreographer, performer and professor of dance at Colorado College. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities including an eight year tenure at Grinnell College and as a guest artist at the Ohio State University, Iowa State University, University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. Prior to teaching at Grinnell, Shawn received her MFA in Choreography from University of California, Riverside. She came to UCR’s dance program after an active career as a choreographer and director of Shawn Womack Dance Projects, a Cincinnati-based contemporary dance and performance company that performed throughout the United States and in the former Soviet Union. Womack’s choreography for the company was recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council as well as the 1996 Ohio Governor’s award in the category of performing arts. Recent choreographic investigations interlace narrative with ethnographic and historical research to delve into issues of memory, place, and identity. Her recent work, Camouflage, performed in its first installation in June 2011 at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts, incorporates video and site explorations to probe the uneasy relationship between aging, feminism and dance. The four women performers identities are both concealed and revealed in the interplay between video imagery with live action.Her latest work, Terrain, with the Russian dance company, Pantera, grows from Camouflage as it explores the dancers' relationship to the urban environment. In the past eight years, Womack’s choreography has been produced at Bryant College, Iowa State University, Des Moines Playhouse, University of California, Los Angeles, Minneapolis’ Southern Theatre, San Diego’s Sushi, University of California, Riverside and in Russia at the National Theatre of Tatarstan and at Saronsk's international dance festival.

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