Ms. Shifrin was a member of the Nancy Meehan Dance Company for 14 years and a member of the local Berkshire New Dance Collective for four years. She has choreographed original work for performances in Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan, and she has studied dance technique, improvisation, body awareness, and composition with Nancy Meehan, Andre Bernard, Bonnie Cohen, Robert Dunn, Margie Beals, Erick Hawkins, and others. Her article, “Beautiful Bodies in Dance,” appeared in Phoebe. She created choreography for “The Stigma and the Empowerment,” a video documentary produced for Pittsfield’s public television station and funded in part by the Department of Mental Health. She recently studied at the Laban Institute in London, at the American Dance Festival, Duke University, and with Simone Forti and Sara Pearson in New York. Ms. Shifrin has taught at the New School for Social Research and at the Nancy Meehan School of Dance in New York City. BA, University of Michigan; MA, New York University.