As a choreographer and dancer, Alice Sheppard is driven to create movement that troubles the conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Her performance and choreographic styles extend notions of technical virtuosity while still creating room for our inner selves. Her choreography has been commissioned by MOMENTA (Chicago), presented in New York, and experienced in universities across the United States.
In 2005, Alice took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare. She loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship in order to begin a career in dance. Alice studied ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn and made her professional debut with Infinity Dance Theater of New York. Alice then joined Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company where she toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs.
After performing in works by Marc Brew, Sonya Delwaide, David Dorfman, Kim Epifano, Joe Goode, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Alex Ketley, Margaret Jenkins, Victoria Marks, and Kate Weare, Alice began a freelance dance and choreographic career. She has danced in projects with Marc Brew, GDance and Ballet Cymru in the United Kingdom and Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the United States. Alice also performs solo work and academic lectures throughout the United States. She has recently performed as a guest artist with AXIS Dance Company, Full Radius Dance Company, and MOMENTA. Presently, Alice is collaborating with performance artist Baraka de Soleil on ShepparddeS, a duet company, committed to creating and interpreting contemporary dance through the intersectional lenses of disability and race.