Shireen Dickson's performance background spans from being a teen member of the National Tap Ensemble to professional cheerleading for the NBA to Equity and Off-Broadway theater to burner-inspired happenings in public venues. As a dancer with and assistant to award-winning choreographer Dianne McIntyre for 10 years, she collaborated with legendary musicians such as Lester Bowie and Olu Dara and performed/taught at such venues including the National Black Arts Festival, National Black Theater Festival, The American Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, Walker Center for the Arts, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the Opera Theater of St. Louis among numerous others.
A former NYCDOE teacher, she has developed arts-based youth leadership curricula and facilitated workshops at many NYC and national organizations and conferences. Shireen was the founding Community Engagement Director for both Elixabeth Streb Lab for Action Mechanics and Dance Parade Inc., and is a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance at Duke University.
Shireen’s dance interests lie in vernacular styles including Tap, Swing, Improvisation, Hip Hop, and Traditional jazz, and world rhythmic forms. As an arts facilitator, her focus is on interactive movement-based encounters that revision traditional ideas about art-making and art-learning. She is continually grateful for the opportunity to learn and share with Slippage minds.