Classes & Workshops

Since opening in 2015, The Whole Shebang has been honored to host a number of respected and influential artists for classes and workshops. The roster is ever growing and consists of local, national, and international minds. This list contains, but is not limited to, the following artists:

Alice Chauchat • Ann-Marie Gover • Asimina Chremos • Doran George • Eroca Nicols • Esther Baker-Tarpaga •
Germaine Fraser • iele paloumpis • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko • Janna Meiring • Khaled Barghouthi • Lela Aisha Jones • Meg Foley • Michael Kiley Nicole Bindler • Rae Diamond • Samar Haddad King • Shannon Murphy • Stina Nyberg • Theatre of the Oppressed • Zoe Rabinowitz

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Dance, Engaging with Sensation - winter/spring 2019


Dance, Engaging with Sensation - winter/spring 2019

from 12.00

Wednesdays 10-11:30am
January 16 - May 29 2019
Taught by Shannon Murphy

Photo: Steve Surgalski

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Dance, Engaging with Sensation
with Shannon Murphy
Wednesdays 10-11:30am : January 16 - May 29, 2019

Shannon Murphy is a dance artist and Franklin Method educator who has worked alongside Eric Franklin for over 10 years. She uses imagery and functional anatomy as tools to invite participants to immerse themselves in the research of sensation. She believes in training for a responsive body to support one's own technique and uses falling off of vertical, redirection. and complex coordination practices to enhance responsivity.  Shannon's class uses strategies to train the mind and the body while dancing. Including activities ranging from proprioceptive warm-ups to sequentially inverted phrases, Shannon prepares this class with the needs of a professional dancer in mind. She prioritizes autonomy and self-care and offers suggestions that can lead to deep investigation inside of improvisational and guided phrase works. She is proposing a dance practice that brings pleasure into play; a serious sort of play that requires acute attention to how of the dances that we do. 

$12 artists + students/$15 general // $50 for a 5 class card  // $100 for a 10 class card (good for 6 months)

Shannon Murphy is a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist and is a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions alongside founder, Jumatatu Poe. Her choreography has been shown throughout Philadelphia, at various festivals in the United States and in Paris, France. She was 2010's New Edge Resident in Dance at the CEC and a FringeArts (then called Live Arts) 2012-13 Lab fellow. Shannon has danced with Dance Theater X, Group Motion Dance Company, Kosoko Performance Group, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and with choreographers Peggy Baker, Robert Battle, and Wally Cardona.

She has a BA from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and is of the first Franklin Method Educators to graduate in the United States. While in Pittsburgh, she was on faculty at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Point Park University. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has been teaching young dancers at Koresh School of Dance since 2007 and a guest teacher at Drexel University, Swarthmore College, Temple University, and Villanova University. Currently, she is on faculty at Bryn Mawr College and  University of the Arts.