Shana Simmons Dance



Touring Project:
The Missing Peace
A full length dance performance dedicated to those who have been affected by Alzheimer's Disease, suicide, and struggle with self-identity. Created by choreographers Jamie Erin Murphy, Brady Sanders, & Shana Simmons, The Missing Peace weaves together three works that invoke hope, empathy and inspires action. Each choreographer has created a separate work which is tied together through meaningful transitions and audience participation. The take away is a feeling of support, encouragement, and calls for change.

The Company:
Shana Simmons Dance (SSD) was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Shana Simmons to create unique and engaging contemporary dance. SSD projects aim to draw audiences into modern dance in new and creative ways and highlight current societal topics for project based work. These projects forward communities by creating thoughtful performances and inspiring lives through dance and artistic vision. SSD firmly believes in supporting artistic growth within its company members by encouraged development of their own voices. SSD projects highlight how our society is changing, the need for intimate connections to others, and provides the viewer a unique perspective, if not participatory action. The reactions are responsive and thought provoking.

Touring availability

September - June


Dancers/Performers:  6-8
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 1-2
Production/Technical: 1-2+


If performed in the round or 4 sided seating, two projectors will be needed.
Complete technical rider available upon request.

Residency Activities

Residencies, Workshops, Master Classes, School Programming, Lectures/Speakers

Shana Simmons Dance offers a wide variety of outreach and educational programs. Each of it's senior company members have an extensive teaching background and are able to teach any level of modern, jazz, improvisation, contact improvisation, partnering, and composition classes. In relation to The Missing Peace, SSD can offer movement based therapeutic classes to seniors and group building exercises to most public communities. Movement/emotion workshops can be offered through local American Foundation for Suicide Prevention agencies and the Alzheimer's Association with permission. SSD has experience in lecture demonstrations to non movers through excerpts and lectures about business, education and collaboration.


"The subjects did not weigh things down. Instead, the artists were able to elevate their response, not in a saccharine way, but with honest and meaningful choices. And the serious intent of “The Missing Peace” ultimately gave it a sweet clarity of purpose, something that should transfer well on tour." Review: 'The Missing Peace' grapples with serious subjects like suicide in meaningful ways, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jane Vranish (3/4/18)

"The multimedia contemporary dance work is unified by messages of struggle, hope and resilience." Shana Simmons Dance’s The Missing Peace explores the response to physical- and mental-health challenges. Pittsburgh City Paper, Steve Sucato (2/28/18)

"Each piece aims to raise awareness about an issue and offer hope and comfort that there are support networks, be it a relative, friend or professional help." The Missing Peace' aims to spark conversation about suicide, Alzheimer's disease and identity. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sara Bauknecht (2/28/18)

"Shana Simmons of Shana Simmons Dance and independent choreographers Brady Sanders and Jamie Erin Murphy address depression, dementia and identity crisis, respectively, in The Missing Peace, a trio of contemporary dance works aimed at raising awareness and providing encouragement to those affected by these issues." March: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Magazine, Karen Dacko (2/26/18)