Keenan, a senior at Benilde St. Margaret, has collaborated with several dance artists across the country such as Laurel Keen, Will Johnston, Kersten Todey, and Nate Poole. Local performances include Minnesota Dance Medicine Showcase, the Uptown Art Fair, Drop the Mic, and several shows with Poetry in Motion Dance Company. As a senior at Benilde High School, Keenan currently studies dance at TU Dance Center in St. Paul. He has trained at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Complexion Contemporary Ballet summer programs. In 2013, he was awarded True Performer at Intrigue Dance Intensive and frequently travels with the convention. He currently works with Stacy Boeddeker as her choreographic assistant traveling to dance schools around the country setting work!
Jessika is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Minneapolis at a very young age. She began her first formal dance training a couple of years ago at Lundstrum Center for the Performing Artist. She was introduced to jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. More recently, she has studied Horton and other dance techniques at TU Dance Center. You might have seen Jessika in works with Shá Cage, STRONGmovement, or Curio Dance. Continuing her gratitude for the arts, Jessika is a 2015 graduate from Perpich Center for Arts Education and is currently in her first year at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a B.F.A dance major!
Rachel 'Rae Rae' Miller
Rachel has been dancing since the age of 5. She has been perfecting her craft at Chaska School of Dance, Premiere Dance Academy, Center Stage Dance Studio, and Studio 4 Dance. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, jazz musical theatre, pointe, African and tap. Dance is her passion as she enters her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota as a BFA Dance Major. She has worked with artists from New York, Los Angeles, and the Twin Cities area such as Gregory Dolbashian, Wynn Fricke, and Gerald Casel. Rachel also teaches and choreographs students at Studio 4!
Canaan is from South Minneapolis. His technical training started as a freshman at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) and with TU Dance. He is trained in various dance styles including hip-hop, West African, ballet and Horton. In 2015, Canaan was awarded a scholarship and traveled to attend Alvin Ailey’s Summer Dance Intensive in New York City. You may have caught Canaan performing at 'TU Dance's 10th Anniversary Concert' at Ordway Center or performing with 'AChoreographers Evening' at the Walker Art Center just to name a few. Canaan is proud to be member of SHAPESHIFT! After graduating from high school, he plans to attend college and pursue a degree in fine arts. He also will perform dance outreach and child development services through AmeriCorps!
Ashley Selmer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (emphasis in choreography & performance). She is trained in jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop and African. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown of Minneapolis, where she has been actively engaged in the dance community. You may have seen Ashley as a hip-hopping penguin in a TV commercial for the Minnesota Zoo, acting in the ensemble cast of Penumbra Theatre's 'Amen Corner' at the Guthrie Theater, dancing onstage with music artist, Willow Smith at Target's National Sales Concert, or choreographing a flash-mob for Blue Cross Blue Shields’ "Do-Groove" campaign!
Kylie has been dancing since the age of 4 in Minneapolis, MN. She is a graduate of St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where she trained in many styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and African. She is an instructor at The Dance Complex where she works and trains dancers of all ages. Kylie has received scholarships and recognition at Monsters of Hip Hop, JUMP, Nuvo, and New York City Dance Alliance. In addition to her innovative performances with SHAPESHIFT, Kylie has been part of WeDay, Drop the Mic, & Kar TV awards in Florida. Kylie continues to travel to many cities to keep up her training and dance education!
Alan is an experienced performer from the Twin Cities. Ranging from acting to choreography, Alan does it all. Dancing for 10 years, Alan has been sculpting his craft in multiple areas. He is the leader of Immortal Dance Team and Lead Choreographer for LegacyLiveEnt. His dream is to be one of the greatest entertainers alive and also become a pioneer for ushering in a huge dance movement and environment in Minnesota. His passion for performing is whatkeeps him on his path and journey to victory. Blood, sweat, tears and heart. He lives, he loves, he is…an artist!
Rachel currently resides in Andover, Minnesota. Her dance training started at Northland School of Dance where she learned everything from pointe to ballroom. She is a recent graduate of SPCPA (Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists) where she received numerous opportunities to learn new styles of dance and to learn pieces under the direction of TU Dance and many other local choreographers. Here at SPCPA is where she found her love for hip-hop. In 2008, Rachel got the opportunity to travel to China to perform in the Beijing Olympics with her studio! Rachel is actively involved in numerous dance projects around the Twin Cities & beyond!
Emilia is from Lake Zurich, IL.Emilia began her formal dance training at Denise Sabala Dance Studios in Chicago and advanced training withSasha Vargas, Jamie Farrell-Vecchione, Brian Hare, and Avnun Yakubov. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota working on a BFA in dance and a BS in Kinesiology. Emilia feels really lucky to have been able to work with such incredible artists such as Gregory Dolbashian, Maurya Kerr, Susan Kikuchi and Wynn Fricke through her studies at the U. Emilia is thrilled to be growing and performing with such a talented group of dancers and is very excited for what’s to come of her future!
Cory discovered his love for dance in high school through show choir and theatre. As dance captain of the show choir, he experienced wonderful opportunities to perform in New York, Chicago, and London. He has trained with well-known choreographers, Luam, Corey Anderson, Stacey Tookey, Randi Kemper, David Moore, Napoleon , Tabitha D’umo, Kevin Maher and Rhapsody James. Among other artistic accomplishments, Cory has been a featured dancer in Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop and Minnesota Motion, and has won numerous scholarships at Monsters of Hip Hop, Jump, and NUVO conventions. He also choreographs pieces for major corporate events and numerous dance studios throughout the Twin Cities. Corey loves teaching and inspiring young dancers, while continuing to grow as a professional dancer!
Alyssa has trained as a competitive studio dancer since she was four, graduating from Studio 4 in 2013. She’s trained in all types of dance styles including contemporary, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and tap. For seven months in 2014, Alyssa danced for Royal Caribbean cruise lines on the Allure of the Seas, traveling the Caribbean islands. She plans on expanding her professional dance career on a national level from right here in the beautiful Twin Cities. She also will be pursuing a degree in Exercise Science beginning the spring of 2016!
Corey began studying dance at the age of 13. He has trained with many professional dancers in the Twin Cities and beyond including Mathew Janczewski with Arena Dance, Amy Sackett, Mia Michaels and Sonya Tayeh.
In 2010, Corey graduated from Main Street of Performing Arts (MSSPA). He graduated with honors and an emphasis in dance performance. Following high school graduation, Corey returned to Main Street as a guest choreographer. He was honored to set a contemporary dance piece entitled 'Twilight' for the MSSPA Dance Company. Currently, Corey is a competitive dance instructor/ choreographer at Turning Pointe Dance Studio. He has received many regional and national titles including his most recent 2014 Triple S National Grand Champion title winner. In the future, Corey hopes to continue his growth in dance and move towards a larger national dance platform!