Shawn Short: The Works

Since 2001 Short has gained choreographic notoriety, receiving commissions from organizations such as the Greater Washington Urban League and The ManDate Men’s Wellness Conference; D.C. arts organizations (Varkas Dance Theatre, Kelsey Collie Children’s Experience, Catholic Univ of America’s Rome School of Music Composition Department); national events (United States Conference on AIDS); corporate-sponsored collaborations (Gilead’s Leadership Luncheon Presentation/Artistic partnering with Cynthia Geffon (Choreographer/ Super Bowl Halftime Show (including Madonna, Beyonce, and Prince). Short is also the recipient of Pointe Magazine’s Video of the Month Editors’ Choice award for his contemporary ballet work, Caught in 2013.

Shawn Short is the Principal Choreographer of

Dissonance Dance Theatre.

DDT is named 'One of the 11 small-but-mighty dance companies outside of LA and NYC" by Dance Spirit Magazine.

Dissonance Dance Theatre has performed and presented Short’s works in New York City (APAP 2018/Jazz @ Lincoln Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2009), Baltimore (Univ of MD Baltimore, Charm City Fringe), Washington, DC (*Atlas’ INTERSECTIONS Festival (2010-2019), *WPA/Shakespeare Theatre’s VelocityDC Dance Festival (2009-2013), *The Clarice Performing Arts Center (2018- ), Wolly Mammoth Theater (2009), Capital Fringe Festival (2007), Atlas Performing Arts Center (2018), *Artists’ Bloc (2008), Jack Guidone Theater (2014-2017), Lincoln Theater/DCCAH (2017), and Virginia (Ernst Theater (2018).

* Presented/Co-produced Works

From Afro-folkloric, musical theatre, jazz, children’s work, classical and contemporary ballet, Short has created over 120 works to his merit with over 30 full-theatrical productions.  For video excerpts and further details of Short’s choreographic repository, please click the button below to go to Ngoma/DDT’s repertoire page.

Images (Top L Clockwise): DDT dancers in Short’s Dance Noir, DDT dancers in Short’s work Rubber, DDT dancers in Short’s work Zero, DDT dancers in Short’s work Khacha, DDT dancers in Short’s work Habibi, DDT dancer in Short’s remounting of Dafora’s Ostrich Dance, DDT dancers in Short contemporary ballet Time Equals No Man.