Dance Ensemble

Shenandoah Dance Ensemble is the performing outlet for students of the Dance Division community at Shenandoah Conservatory. The ensemble performs extensively on campus and in a wide variety of nationally recognized venues.. Previous engagements have included the elaborate Viennese Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, and many concerts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Giordano International Jazz Dance World Congress, and the 92nd Street “Y” in New York City. Members of the ensemble have performed overseas in England, Scotland, Russia, Spain, Ireland, Macedonia, Greece and Taiwan. The Ensemble has received two Dance/USA grants to restage masterworks by internationally acclaimed artists Murray Louis & Alwin Nikolais, and had the honor of performing these works in six states. The commission of new musical scores and live musical accompaniment plays a vital role for the Shenandoah Dance Ensemble, creating a more rich experience for their audiences while fostering collaborative exchanges among artists.

What Audiences Are Saying About The Shenandoah Dance Ensemble

“Enlightening & exquisite program!”

“A great performance! More! More! More!”

“Outstanding show. When we arrived, the night was very black without a star in the sky. Afterward, I knew why...all the stars were on the stage!”

“Shenandoah University has something truly rare, filled with fresh, creative energy, something to be proud of!”

Additional Performance Opportunities

Shenandoah dance faculty have engaged students and alumni of the Dance Division to participate in performances presented by their professional companies in venues outside of the Conservatory. These professional engagements may take place in the summer months, or in special performance tours during the school year. Visit their company websites to read more about the artistic vision and creative work of our outstanding artist/educators:

For a comprehensive listing of the Shenandoah Dance Ensemble performances, please visit

Contact Us


Rachel Oneika Phillips (BFA – Dance, 2000) on tour with Fela! to Lagos, Nigeria.
Jodi Leigh Allen (BFA – Dance, 1997) is teaching at Harvard University & Berklee School of Music
Chelsea Massey (BFA-Dance & Dance Education, 2011) teaching dance in Rwanda
Stacie Cannon (BFA-Dance, 2009) is studying at the Peridance Capezio Center
Rebekah Nickerson Chappell (BFA-Dance, 2009) performed wtih Atelier Dance Company in Costa Rica
Christina Miller graduated in 2012 with her BFA
Joe Tudor (BFA-Dance, 2011) toured Indonesia with Phantom of the Opera
Yen-Wen Kuo (BFA-Dance, 2005) is dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Dance Auditions

Dance Auditions

Students interested in dance as a major at Shenandoah University should attend a dance day program. Dance Day is an opportunity for students to learn more about our various dance programs and participate in dance courses for the day. Dance Day is open to all high school and transfer students. Please note: all applicants must complete the dance audition as a part of the admission process.