Shanna Lim is a visual and performing artist. Her focus is site specific audience interactive works utilizing many forms of dance, street performance, and body paint art to express, provoke, and raise awareness of local and world issues. In pursuit of the dance muse, Shanna Lim has shattered boundaries that separate art from audience, and her site-specific approach from rubble to roof tops, utilizes every aspect of her environment in its direct, intense and hypnotic effect. Her work pulls onlookers into the heart of the performance, turning mere spectators into collaborators.
Movement styles include Thai, Reggae, African, Modern, Contact Improvisation, Freestyle and the historic roots of Hip-Hop and House Dance bringing her under master classes with Don Cambellock, Electric Boogaloos,’ Loose Joint of Elite Force, Rennie Harris and many more. Other teachers include Eiko and Koma, Naoko Maeshiba, Pearson and Widrig, Sylvia Soumah, and Sharon Mansur. In 2014, Shanna graduated with a B.A. in Dance from University of Maryland. She has taught dance throughout Maryland, Washington DC, New York, Costa Rica, and performed in Hip Hop theater festivals, worked with Tebogo Munyai of South Africa, Mason Rhynes, Holly Bass, Willi Dorner(Austria), Nita Liam (Netherlands), danced with Somapa Thai Dance Company, and toured with Tamara Wellons of Ocha records.
Shanna is dance educator for Words Beats & Life, cofounder of Hip Hop youth organization Midnight Forum, and founder of Inner Soul Projex Productions started in 1996, geared to benefiting and creating society awareness of local and world-wide problems through the arts. She is founder of “Thoughts in Glitter” body art, she has painted for Circque Du Soleil and is an established body paint artist in the DMV. Other practicing art forms are Book-Binding, Paper-Making, and Screen Printing. She was selected for the Dance OMI residency, DC Fringe Festival, Uprising Festival, is a (YITA) Youth in the Arts Imagine Arts Educator, and was the Guest Artist in residence for Davis & Elkins College’s Fall 2016 Dance course “Survey of Contemporary Urban Dance in the US.” Some of performances include Michelle Ava, Dance Place New Releases showcase, Light City Baltimore, DC2StandingRock Mural Pop Art tour, appearances at the Newseum, Embassy of Sweden, Art Soiree, Nuit Circque, Catharsis on the Mall, Art All Night, Uprising Festival, Escape Artist Gallery, The Fringe, and San Ramon theatre arts festival and the Filmore.
Statement: “My drive is human connection. I want to use the arts as a tool to give hope, share stories, relate, and break up the everyday monotony by providing a moment of relief from present stresses”.
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