TPS Guest Artists: Shanna VanDerwerker
Shanna VanDerwerker is the Associate Choreographer of Amazing Grace, a new Broadway musical that opened this past summer at the Nederlander Theater, after its premiere in Chicago Fall 2014. She grew up dancing in Ft. Washington, MD and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University. After over four years as the Dance Captain of the First National Tour of Wicked, Shanna relocated to Chicago and is an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University. Some of her other credits include Assistant Choreographer of High Fidelity on Broadway, swing in the Broadway company of Wicked, ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate (TUTS, Houston) and Kids of the Kingdom (Walt Disney World). She was also a company member of dre.dance with directors Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs, and has performed in several shows at the Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort Atkinson, WI. Shanna taught at the 2014 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE and was the choreographer of the opening celebration of the 2015 International Thespian Festival, The Music of Alan Menken. She has taught master classes at dance studios and conventions all over the country and has been a guest teacher at Roosevelt University, Columbia College of Chicago and Point Park University.