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I am a dancer, teacher, and explorer. I am constantly researching the body — its power, and its limitations and wondering how our knowledge of neuroscience, physiology, and cognitive science can help us move, feel, and live better.

I am passionate about work that explores extremes while illustrating subtlety and that investigates the physical, emotional, and theatrical nature of performance. I love collaborating with artists who take risks, have big hearts, and possess an appetite for transforming imagination into movement. I enjoy tackling big ideas, impossible physical tasks, and problems that can’t be solved in a lifetime.

It is essential for me to fight for amore equitable, diverse, and inclusive community within the dance field.


SHANNON LEYPOLDT (she/her) is a queer dance artist, teacher, and sports massage therapist based in Berlin. She is from the United States and belongs to the ƛʼpúlmix Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Shannon received her BFA from the University of California, Irvine and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan

Shannon has performed with Dorky Park, Staatsoper Unter Den Linden, Itinerant Dance Ensemble, KDV Dance Ensemble, wee dance company at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater, Görlitz-Zittau, EYAS Dance Project, burnsWORK, FACT/SF, and Sharp & Fine. She has performed choreography by Shlomi Bitton, Hillel Cogen, Maxine Doyle, Lisi Estarás, Constanza Macras, Kiani Del Valle, Katrina Bastian, and Sommer Ulrickson. 

Shannon enjoys teaching, creating, and rehearsal directing as part of her ongoing artistic practice. She teaches professional training and workshops locally and internationally. 

Photo Julia Maria Klotz

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