Shawn began her dance training at age 7. At 14, she attended Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts under Sydelle Gomberg. She then continued her training at The School of American Ballet where she was chosen by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet. During her time with the Company, she performed many principal roles in Balanchine ballets including, “Symphony in Three Movements”, “The Four Temperments” and “Symphony in C”. Ms. Stevens has worked with many choreographers; Peter Martins, William Forsythe, Edward Villella, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp to name a few. Aside from her impressive talent as a former professional dancer, Ms. Stevens is also an authorized repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and also authorized by Twyla Tharp to stage her original works. Currently, Ms. Stevens is on faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. as lecturer and ballet mistress, working with Michael Vernon and VioletteVerdy. She also serves as guest faculty at several schools, universities and companies all across the United States and, most recently, the Link School of the Arts. Ms. Stevens fully surrendered her life to Christ in December, 2009 where she attended Hope Ark Presbyterian Church.
Steven began his dance training in Washington, D.C. He continued his training in New York City as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and toured with them for a season. Mr. Rooks was a principle dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1981-1991 and was a featured dancer on the television special, “The Martha Graham Company in Japan.” Mr. Rooks has choreographed many works including “Cool River” which premiered at Lincoln Center in 1996, later becoming part of the Graham Company repertoire. Mr. Rooks was the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street, Chicago and in 2004 the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition. Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College in New York. He also serves as guest faculty with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Academy of Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the International Summer School in Sydney, Australia and now The Link School of the Arts, Troy, MI. Mr. Rooks received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in April, 1981 at Brooklyn Tabernacle, NY.