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Christine Shawl Christine Shawl Department Chair

Christine Shawl, originally from New York,is the Dance Department chairperson at Savannah Arts Academy teaching Modern, Dance History and Dance Composition. Ms. Shawl is also adjunct professor of Media and Performing Arts at SCAD teaching Jazz. Before relocating to Savannah, Ms. Shawl was adjunct professor at The University of Michigan and Oakland University teaching Modern, Choreography, Somatic Studies, Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance, and was Artistic Director of the student dance company Oakland Dance Theatre. Ms. Shawl also served as the Director of Education for the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble where she managed and directed the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Center for Dance. Ms. Shawl received her M.F.A. degree in Dance from The University of Michigan, her B.F.A in Dance, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio University and is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. As a student Ms. Shawl had the privilege of performing as a feature dancer in famous dance works such as Lar Lubovitch’s North Star and Paul Taylor’s 3 Epitaphs. Ms. Shawl’s solo choreography was showcased at The American College Dance Festival in 1995 and 2003. In 2006 her group choreography was selected as a finalist for the Maggie Allesse Young Choreographers Award. As an instructor Ms. Shawl has taught ballet, modern, competitive jazz, hip-hop, tap and creative movement to age’s 3-adults at Patti Vigon’s School of Dance in Midland Park, NJ and Karen’s School of Dance in Milford, Michigan. In higher education, Ms. Shawl has taught as a guest artist at Wayne State University, the University of Toledo, and Hillsdale College. Ms. Shawl performed professionally in New York City with Mary Seidman & Dancers, Ellen Shadle Dance Works, Pi Dance Theater, Perspectives in Motion and in Michigan with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, More Dances Contemporary Dance Company and was a guest dancer for the Peter Sparling Dance Company and Ann Arbor Dance Works.
Julian B. Jernigan

Julian Jernigan

Jay Jernigan began dancing while performing in high school color guard, later receiving his formal training and undergraduate degree, during his tenure at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Since then, Jay has performed nationally including Universal Studios, Atlanta Festival Ballet, Gainesville Ballet, The Academy Dance Company, Augusta Ballet, Fayette Ballet, Dance South, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, The Madison Dance Company, The Ashland Youth Ballet, Dance Arts Inc., as well as numerous contemporary/modern companies, such as Big House Dance Theater, Axam Dance Theater Experience, and Randy James Dance Works. Jay’s choreography has been commissioned all over the United States and he has taught numerous workshops for a variety of organizations ranging from public elementary schools, to high school bands, to independent arts organizations, to professional dance companies.
In 2004, Jay founded  The Metro Movement Ensemble, a company that knows no bounds in terms of demonstrating technical fluency, often working Classical, Neo-Classical, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop styles. In the summer of 2009 he was invited to join the instructional and artistic staff at Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre/Georgia Dance Conservatory. He has truly enjoyed the last decade in which he has been able to play most of the Princes of Classical Ballet originate the role of Peter Pan and the Grinch for some of the most renowned dance companies in Georgia. Jay is delighted to be a member of the Dance Faculty at Savannah Arts Academy.