Shawn Bible

Professor, Dance and Theatre


Brownson Hall, 186

Shawn T. Bible grew up in Roseville, Michigan and received a BA in Social Science and Dance from Michigan State University and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Michigan. He has been an active choreographer over the last several years, setting works for the Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Symphony, Trip the Light, Midwest RADfest, MOCA Detroit, Men Dance Michigan, Nosh Night at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Michigan Dance Day, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and ArtPrize. Bible is the recent second-place winner of the Third Century Screens (3CS) Competition through the University of Michigan Bicentennial Committee. Bible's interest in dance and technology was also featured in Bodies In Motion, a collaboration with Kingston University (UK) and the Amsterdam Conservetoire, in which dancers manipulated their environment through Wii controllers. Bible also utilized Kinect software in Vivaldi's Four Season's in Dance, performed by Thodos Dance Chicago, in which the dancers' movements manipulated the projections on the scrim in real-time. Shawn has studied film/video technology and modern dance technique in Australia, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. His videodance Dominique won a Rackham Film Festival award and he was awarded an International Institute Travel Grant to study Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Italy. Bible’s videodance Moonplay was featured in the Sans Sousi Festival of Dance Cinema at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Boulder, Colorado. Bible is also on the Board of the American College Dance Festival Association. Shawn's interest in technology stems from his experiences as a former graphic designer and Product Designer for the Joe Boxer clothing brand and Kmart Corporation prior to graduate school.

Bible is the artistic director of his modern dance company, shawnbibledanceco. which was established in 2007. shawnbibledanceco. continues to present throughout New York City and Internationally at the Lourdes Dance Festival (Paris, France), Battery Park Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Joyce's DANY Studios, Shen Wei Dance Arts, ITE's Inception to Exhibition, Peridance's Salvatore Capezio Theatre, 14st Y's, Y-Cabaret, Dixon Place, Built On Stilts (Martha's Vineyard), The Center for Performance Research's Works-In-Process, Triskelion Art's WAXworks, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Pushing Progress, DUMBO Dance Festival, Brooklyn Ballet's First Look, The Moving Beauty Series: The Series, Biomorphic Dance Festival, Green Space's Take Root, The Tank (WINNER of XYZnyc), and Abrons Arts Center as part of Fielday at the Field, and in Idaho, Atlanta, Michigan and Texas.

Shawn has been on faculty at Idaho State University, Texas Tech University and Grand Valley State University where he was a tenured Associate Professor and Dance Coordinator. He received a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012. Shawn developed the GVSU Dance Program into a successful academic/conservatory based model that tripled in size during his leadership. Shawn rewrote the entire curriculum to meet NASD accreditation, designed all print/marketing/web materials, and developed relationships between the University and community schools and arts organizations. Shawn is a former Board Member of the ACDA (American College Dance Association) and Michigan Dance Council, prior to his move to NY. He moved to New York City in 2014 to focus on presenting his dance company. Shawn is currently a tenured Professor of Dance at Manhattanville University and the Chair of the Department of Dance & Theatre.

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2nd Prize, wildflower reimagined, Third Century Screens (3CS),
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. October 28-30, 2017.
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Shen Wei Dance Arts, NYC, December 2, 2017
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Thea Bautiste and Sarah Le Guenno,
commission for a duet entitled, the flaw in bond.
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Louvres Dance Festival, FRANCE, November 4,
2017. Performing, code static, danced by Thea Bautiste
shawnbibledanceco. 2nd PLACE WINNER, University of Michigan,
3CS PUPP Projection Colloquium, October 26-28, 2017
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, DUMBO Dance Festival, White Wave John Ryan
Theatre, NYC, October 8, 2017
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Built on Stilts, Martha's Vineyard, 2017
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Center for Performance Research, 2017
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Y Cabaret, 14th Street Y, 2016
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Battery Park Dance Festival, 2016
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 2016
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Inception to Exhibition (ITE), 2016
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Center for Performance Research, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Peridance, Faculty Showcase, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by, Dixon Place, Translate J. Chen, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by Brooklyn Ballet, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by Pushing Progress, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by Triskelion Arts, WAXWORKS, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by The Series, SPLIT BILL, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by Amalgamate Dance at DANY Studios, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by Biomorphic Dance Festival, 2015
shawnbibledanceco. presented by Take Root, Green Space, NYC, October 17/18, 2014
shawnbibledanceco. presented by DUMBO Dance Festival,
White Wave John Ryan Theatre, NYC, September 25th, 2014.
WINNER of “XYZnyc Choreographic Competition” at THE TANK, NYC, March 2014.
Outstanding Faculty, Service Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2012 Grand
Valley State University
Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty of Distinction 2011-2012, Grand Valley State University
Accepted into MIDWEST RADFEST,alternative choreography festival 2009, 2010,
2011, 2012
Appointment to American College Dance Festival Association Board, 2010 - present
Appointment to Michigan Dance Council Board of Directors, 2009