Shawnee Amara WIlliams  

Instructor of Afro/Contemporary classes 

Shawnee Amara Williams is from Anaheim, CA and began dancing at the age of five at Cathleen Forcucci’s Dance Academy in Buena Park, Ca. At CF Dance Academy she studied ballet, tap and jazz exclusively under Cathleen Forcucci for eight years until she began attending Oxford Academy College Preparatory School. There she fell in love with and began to focus on developing choreography as dance captain for both choir and the school dance team for three years. In 2007 she began studying dance at Fullerton College where she developed a passion for modern dance and strengthened her relationship with composition. Her piece Drifting into Restlessness (2008) represented Fullerton College at the American College Dance Festival in Akron, Ohio in 2009. The same year Shawnee attended the American Dance Festival on a full tuition scholarship and studied under Shani Collins, Ming-Lung Yang and Makeda Thomas. She was also given the opportunity to open for Shen Wei performing a 50 minute piece choreographed by Mark Dendy. The following summer she attended Makeda Thomas’ New Waves Institute on scholarship where she studied and performed in Trinidad and Tobago choreography by Chris Walker and Dyane Harvey-Salaam. Shawnee dances with Delineation Dance as part of their West-Coast company for the 2015-2016 season. She currently teaches afro-contemporary at the Academy of Dance in Santa Ana, Ca, and attends California State University Fullerton graduating in Spring 2016 with a BA in both dance and sociology.