Lin Shook

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Lin has an MA in dance from American University. She has conducted workshops, dance residencies, and teacher in-services through Urban Gateways, C.A.P.E., Arts 4 Learning, ArtStart, the Vittum Theatre, the Illinois Arts Council Arts-in-Education program and Perceptual Motion, Inc. since 1985.

Ms. Shook was one of three dance specialists who wrote the Chicago Fine Arts Standards for dance, has written extensively on arts integration for the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education and Chicago Public Schools and has published lesson plans on the Arts 4 Learning website.

Lin’s work has been influenced by her studies with Hanya Holm, Eric Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais and Liz Lerman and in Chicago with Shirley Mordine, Nana Shineflug and Jan Erkert.

I find the act of choreographing, with its collaborative opportunities and constant stretching of ideas and bodies more stimulating and fulfilling than anything else.  After 30+ years, I am still excited to take my curiosity and creativity into the studio and discover what will emerge.” – Lin Shook

Lin has served the dance community for over 25 years as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has an MA in Dance from American University where she received the Independent Choreographer's award from the Metropolitan Dance Association in Washington, DC. She served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Dance Coalition for 7 years and founded the Chicago Dance Coalition Newsletter. She has also served on the dance panels of the Illinois Arts Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Lin is a Dance Specialist in Chicago area schools through Urban Gateways and Art Start and an Artist-in-Residence for the Illinois Arts Council. She has done extensive writing for the Illinois Arts Alliance for Education, the Chicago Board of Education and the State of Illinois.