Masterclass Guest Instructor
Shanna VanDerwerker is an educator and choreographer in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University. Favorite choreography credits include Sunset Blvd and Can Can at Porchlight Music Theater, Spamalot at Mercury Theater Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain, Newsies, 42nd St. and Saturday Night Fever at The Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI. She received a Jeff Nomination for her choreography on Lysistrata Jones for Refuge Theater Project and has also been the Associate Choreographer for Pippin at Venus Cabaret Space, Matilda and Joseph at Drury Lane in Oakbrook. Shanna was Christopher Gattelli’s associate for over 10 years, working on shows Amazing Grace and High Fidelity on Broadway, and Silence! The Musical at the NY Fringe Festival.
In 2019 Shanna was named an Inaugural Honoree of the Rachel Rockwell Foundation’s Fierce Women Behind the Table by Porchlight Music Theater. As a performer and member of Actors Equity Association, credits include: Broadway company of Wicked, Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Kiss Me, Kate (TUTS Houston), dre.dance company (NYC), and Kids of the Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
After over four years as the Dance Captain of the First National Tour of Wicked, Shanna relocated to Chicago where she is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago. She also choreographs and teaches workshops for studios across the country. shannavdance.com