Senter, Shelley

Shelley Senter
Part Time Faculty

Shelley Senter has been involved with experimental and post-modern dance for twenty-five years, touring throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Russia as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has been critically recognized for her distinct approach to movement, both as an independent artist and as a collaborator/performer with many distinguished artists, such as Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Susan Rethorst, Nina Martin, Bebe Miller, Wally Cardona, Remy Charlip, and Eva Karczag, among others. She is a member of LOWER LEFT and NON-FICTION artist collectives, groups dedicated to the collaborative process. Senter is also an official repetiteur of the seminal works of Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer, staging Rainier's Trio A, and creating original adaptations of Brown's Set and Reset and Glacial Decoy as well as other works of Brown's on such companies as the Lyon Opera Ballet and in theaters and museums around the world. Her own work has been presented in New York at Danspace Project, DTW, The New York Improvisation Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church and in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, France, Italy, England, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boulder, Portland, Seattle and Marfa. In 2010, she was commissioned by Danspace Project to create work for Platform 2010: Back to New York City, curated by Juliette Mapp. 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. Senter has taught around the globe and in festivals, universities and colleges throughout the US and Europe, such as the Juilliard School (currently), Mills College (full-time Artist-Lecturer), Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (France), P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium), Impulstanz Festival (Vienna), 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, among others. She has taught master classes or has been a guest artist at such institutions as Cal Arts, NYU, SUNY Purchase, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of California at Berkeley and Davis, Sonoma State University and her Alma Mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder. A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, she has been investigating the application of the principles of the technique to the performing body and mind for nearly two decades. Her teaching has been written about in such publications as “The Body Eclectic”; edited by M. Bales and R. Nettl-Fiol, the Movement Research Performance Journal #19, Contact Quarterly, Guitar Player Magazine, and in various academic and research papers. She has co-presented a paper for the Society of Dance History Scholars on the Alexander Technique and Phenomenology and has sat on panels at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies and the University of Utah Somatics and Dance Training Conference as well as the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. She has been awarded an International Artist's Fellowship and Residency at Montalvo Arts Center in California, a San Francisco Bay Area Isadora Duncan ("Izzy") Award, various grants and scholarships and a Diplome d'Etat de Professeur de Danse from the government of France.
Courses Taught:
  • Moving with Somatics, Continued
Office Location:
By appointment

Research Interests:
  • Improvisation
  • Collaboration
  • Somatic approaches
  • Integrating multiple disciplines
  • Theory/Practice relationships
  • Simplicity/Complexity
Professional Affiliations:
  • Movement Research
  • American Center for the Alexander Technique
  • Trisha Brown Company
  • LOWER LEFT Artist Collective
  • NON-FICTION Artist Collective

November 2011: Planes by Trisha Brown; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France 

September 2011: Do We Need a Title? Duet with composer Russ Alderson; Prospect Range, Brooklyn 

May 2011: Convergence (yellow) Duet with Eva Karczag; NYC

February 2011: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s - Trisha Brown, Laurie Anderson and Gordon Matta Clark; Barbican, London, England

September 2010: Trio A by Yvonne Rainer; Oslo, Norway

March 2010: grey matter Ensemble with LOWER LEFT, commissioned by Danspace Project for "Platform 2010: Back to New York City" curated by Juliette Mapp.  "Platform 2010: Back to New York City" Catalogue

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