The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:


Shawn T Bible

Artistic Director. Choreographer.

stbdance premieres ‘The Child Likes The Word’ on Tuesday March 10th, 2015 at The Secret Theatre. 

The Child Likes The Word, is a series of three duets that collide, transition, interrupt, and overlap. The substance of the work is derived from children’s learning games. An original and organic language is developed during the rehearsal process through structured improvisations while playing learning games and developing physical motor patterns. The Child Likes The Word, is interested in how word games and prompts can dictate quirky combinations of jutted, spastic, and unexpected patterns in body parts.


Shawn T Bible

Shawn grew up in Roseville, Michigan and received a BA in Social Science and Dance from Michigan State University and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Michigan.  For the past 6 years, Bible was the Dance Director and Associate Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University. He has been an active choreographer over the last several years and the recipient of the Maggie Allessee New Choreography Award while setting works for the Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Symphony, Trip the Light, Midwest RADfest, MOCA Detroit, Men Dance Michigan, Nosh Night at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Michigan Dance Day, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and ArtPrize.

STBDANCE, his professional modern dance company based in New York City, continues to perform at venues such as Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Pushing Progress, Move Up, The Series, Biomorophic Dance Festival, Take Root, The TANK, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Dumbo Dance Festival, Abrons Arts Center, and Fielday. For information visit:

Emily Craver

Emily hails from Framingham, Massachusetts and graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College where she studied dance and government. In New York City, she dances with various dance companies including stbdance, RG Dance Projects, Trainor Dance, Sum Bones Dance Co, and Balasole and has performed at Joe’s Pub, Riverside Theater, Steel Stacks, and Martha Graham Dance Company Studio Theater. In addition to being a board member for NACHMO, Emily has shown her own work at The Comedy in Dance Festival, Dancewave’s Works in Progress, Built on Stilts, WAXworks, and will be showing her work at WestFest with her performance group The Little Streams.

Jenny Crosson

Jenny is a graduate of Texas Tech University. She was a member of the TTU Dance Company, dancing the works of numerous guest artists. Upon graduation, Jenny moved to Orlando, Florida, where she worked for Disney World. She was a full-time, professional character, and parade dancer for the past four years. Jenny has since moved to New York City where she is a manager at Broadway Dance Center and dances professionally with Shawn T Bible/stbdance and others.


Katie Mattar

Katie is a graduate of Western Michigan University and received her BFA dance degree. She has appeared in several of WMU’s Great Works and has been given the opportunity to work with artists such as Arturo Hernandez in Alonzo King’s Koto (Finale), Jason McDole in David Parsons’ The Envelope, Autumn Eckman in Part and Parcel, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner in Antony Tudor’s Fandango, Nelly van Bommel in Addio Amore, and Lauren Edson. Since her move to New York City, Katie has worked with professional choreographers: Nelly Van Bommel, Sidra Bell, Shawn T Bible, The MoveShop Company, Dirty Soles Dance and others. Katie has been asked to join the Nadine Bommer Dance Company, originating in Israel. She is very excited to continue the pursuit of her dreams.


Bons O’Rourke

Bons is a New York based dancer and choreographer. She is a 2013 graduate of Grand Valley State University where she received a BA in Dance and Marketing. Bonnie was a member of the GVSU Dance Company and performed for numerous guest artist and faculty works. In 2011, Bonnie debuted her first produced show called “Let’s Feed Somalia” to raise funds for resource-strickened areas of Africa. Bonnie recently performed in “Into the Wind”, a collaborative site-specific performance between the University of Michigan Professor, Jessica Fogel and GVSU Dance Director, Shawn Bible. Bonnie continues to dance in New York with Shawn T Bible’s/stbdance, while developing work for future presentation.


KP PollockKP – Kaitlyn Pollock

KP graduated in 2013 from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance. Throughout her education she performed works created and reset by Ron DeJesus, Autumn Eckmen, Willy Shives, Harrison McEldowney, Lauren Edson, Shen Wei, and KT Nelson. Recently she has performed a version of “if” by Heidi Latsky , and a new work “Becquerel’ by Shawn T Bible. KP continues to dance for Shawn T Bible/stbdance and DoubleTake Dance Company.

Leanne Smith

Leanne graduated with a BA in Dance from Roger Williams University in 2013. During her studies, she worked with artists A’Keitha Carey, Elizabeth Spatz, Lida Winfield, Hilary Easton, Jenny Rocha, and Kelley Donovan. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Built on Stilts at Martha’s Vineyard, the Dragons Egg CT and others. Recently, she received a grant to co-create and perform a physical-comedy show, performing in various locations across New England. The same piece was accepted and performed in the New York City Fringe Festival 2014. Currently living in New York City, Leanne is working as a flybarre instructor with Flywheel Sports wile dancing with choreographers Jenny Rocha, Samsam Yung, and Shawn T Bible.