Movers & Shapers: JoAnna Mendl Shaw

By January 9, 2022Podcast

PODCAST No.127 – JoAnna Mendl Shaw

Release Date: 1.9.22


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Veteran choreographer and dance educator, JoAnna Mendl Shaw has been devising performance works for stage, rural and urban landscapes since the 1980’s. Her body of interspecies work initiates visceral engagement with the natural and cultural environment. Redefining the possibilities for dance-making, Shaw’s research into the human-equine dialogue began in 1998. Her company, The Equus Projects, tours throughout the States and Europe creating site-specific works through immersive collaboration with local equine and arts communities. An internationally recognized dance educator, Shaw has taught on faculty at NYU, The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey, Princeton, Mount Holyoke and Montclair State. Shaw is the recipient of NEA Choreographic Fellowships and multiple NEA grants for Interdisciplinary Performance. She has brought her somatic practice of Physical Listening into elementary schools and academic think tanks, into the Strategic Studies group at the Naval War College and NYU Medical school. She is a certified Laban Movement Analyst. She is the author of the 2021 book, Physical Listening, A Dancer’s Interspecies Journey.





Susan Klein

Marnie Thomas

David Wood

Sally Stackhouse

Helen Priest Rogers

Mount Holyoke College Dance

American Dance Festival

“There is a Time” Jose Limon

Paul Sanasardo

Don Farnworth

Talley Beatty

Eleo Pomare

Joyce Trisler

Bill Evans

Cornish College for the Arts – Dance

Pat Graney

Wade Madsen

Susan Marshall

Margie Jenkins

Ann Carlson

Montclair State University Dance

NYU Tisch School of the Arts


Kay Cummings

The Julliard School

Ailey/Fordham BFA Program

Denise Jefferson

Judith Kestenberg

Swiss Gymnastics Federation (STV)

Five College Dance

Gus Solomons Jr.


David Lichman

VCU Dance

William Forsythe Technologies

Jill Johnson 

Bates Dance Festival

Equus International Film Festival

National Arts Club

Janis Brenner

Christine Jowers

Carl Flink

Dance Rising

Melissa Riker


Daniel Gwirtzman




Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.