JoAnna Mendl Shaw Biography

JoAnna Mendl Shaw is known for her large-scale site-specific works. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, numerous grants and choreographic commissions, Shaw has choreographed for ice dancers, in-line skaters, gymnasts and equestrians. Her dance work has been presented in New York and at venues and commissioned by dance companies throughout the States and in Europe.

In 1998 Shaw launched The Equus Projects, a performance company that merges dance with equestrian artistry. The Equus Projects has created large commissioned works for The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, Saratoga Arts Festival, NYC River to River Festival and Heifetz International Music Festival. 

Shaw currently teaches in New York City, with faculty positions at Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan and in the Ailey /Fordham BFA program. She has taught at Tisch/New York University, Montclair State University, Princeton University and Mount Holyoke College. International teaching and choreographic commissioned include residencies in Hungary, Japan, Korea, Canada, Yugoslavia, Scotland, Wales and coaching and teaching for the Swiss Gymnastic Federation. 

Shaw established her career in the Pacific Northwest, founded and directed Danceworks Northwest for 10 years, taught on the faculty at the University of Washington and Cornish College and played a leadership role in arts advocacy for the Northwest. Shaw holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Movement Analyst in the Laban/Bartenieff work.