Shawna Serpe, a native of Boulder, Colorado has over twenty-five years of dance experience. She comes to Crystal’s School of Dance from Freemansburg, PA with the support of her husband, two sons, daughter-in-law, fiancé-in-law, two dogs, and a cat. Before coming to teach in Orwigsburg, she taught ballet at Dance Plus Inc. in Nazareth and ballet, lyrical, and jazz at En Avant in Bethlehem. Along with her studies in public history, she graduated with a minor in Dance from East Stroudsburg University. While teaching at Crystal’s School of Dance, she also dances and teaches with the New Covenant Dancers in Bethlehem. Recently she was honored to remember Abraham Lincoln as a first person interpreter at the Ford’s 150th event in Washington D.C.
After performing with the University Dance Company at ESU, she entertained audiences as Victoria in Shawnee Playhouse’s CATS and Bonnie in Anything Goes. She danced with the ESU based educational-performing company Gestures & Postures under Artistic Director Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty for five years. Their work with special needs children and authentic Vaudeville era choreography made the position especially rewarding. Before that she brought dance to the Bethlehem community with Serendipity Dance Ensemble while participating as a charter member of Acta Non Verba, of Northampton County Community College.
She continues to look for occasions where she can learn and share various forms of historical dance with the community. In cooperation with the talented teachers at CSD, she hopes to find opportunities for our students to grow as performers by participating in additional community events. Sharing dance with people has been a highlight of her career and she is enthusiastic about imparting that passion to her dance students.