Dance Instructor | MFA in Dance

Shaunna Vella is a choreographer, performance artist, teacher and community organizer that has created work in the Bay Area for over 15 years. She is a full-time adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s College of California, as well as teaching at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and ACE Dance Academy. She is a founder and co-director of the Oakland-based dance collective Stranger Lover Dreamer. Her choreography and performance installations have been seen at Counterpulse, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, The Garage, Studio 210, Ashby Stage, The Flightdeck, LeFevre Theater, Temescal Arts Center, as well as open spaces and unexpected corners. As a dancer, she has created and performed works with Rogelio Lopez and Dancers, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Liss Fain Dance, Paufve Dance, Courage Group, Agora Dance Project, Dance Ceres, Davalos Dance Company and Deborah Slater Dance Theater. Her work is at the intersection of creative practice for survival, performance as ritual, and the continued fight for social justice and radical expression. She holds a MFA in Dance: Creative Practice and BFA in Dance: Performing Arts and Psychology from Saint Mary’s College.


To dance is to be out of yourself.
Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.

~Agnes De Mille