Shelley Senter has been involved with experimental and post-modern dance for over thirty years, touring the world as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has been critically recognized for her distinct approach to movement, both independently and as a collaborator with many distinguished artists.
Her practice is rooted in the investigation of movement, the consciousness of kinesthetic experience, and the participation of the self in its continuous reorganization in time, space and imagination. Her interest lies in improvisation, collaboration and experimentalism, and in the coordination or layering of simple and non-virtuous movement to create a virtuosic complexity. Principles that underlie her work include self as habit, non-doing and the novelty and inherent possibility for narrative of the present moment.
Senter has been investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind for three decades. A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT), her approach to teaching has influenced artists in all disciplines and has been written about in various dance, arts and Alexander Technique publications and scholarly papers.
As a dance artist, Senter has taught in festivals, universities and colleges throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, such as the Juilliard School and The New School (NYC), Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (France), P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium), Impulstanz Festival (Austria), Kalamata Festival (Greece), Instituto de las Bellas Artes (Mexico), Casa Hoffmann (Brazil), the American Dance Festival, SFDI (Seattle), MELT (NYC) and the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, to name a few.
Her own work has been presented in New York City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, France, Italy, England, Denmark, Sweden, and Greece.
She is a repetiteur of the seminal dance “Trio A” by Yvonne Rainer, and stages and creates original adaptations of the works of Trisha Brown for institutions such as the Lyon Opera Ballet and Ballet Rambert, as well as visual art venues such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Barbican and the Museum of Modern Art .