Lin Shook

Organization Type
Individual Artist

Lin is Perceptual Motion’s founder and Artistic Director.  She has served the dance community for over 30 years as a performer, choreographer and teacher.  Lin was on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Dance Coalition From 1984-90 and founded the Chicago Dance Coalition Newsletter.  She has served on dance panels for the Illinois Arts Council, CityArts and CAAP  She is recipient of the Independent Choreographer’s Award from the Metropolitan Dance Association in Washington, D.C.

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.


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