Danita Shaheen began her training in Balanchine technique under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist David Otto and the Capital Ballet Company. She has trained intensively with Boston Ballet, River North Dance Company, Burklyn Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, and Max Stone. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA program and has been performing professionally in New York since 2006. She has performed with Dance Cat-alyst, Ariel Rivka Dance, Grace Rising Dance, and Tamara Saari Dance, among other companies. In addition to performing, choreographing, and teaching, Danita is also the founder and Artistic Director of Dance Riot Rep. and the President of the Alternative Arts Association, a multimedia arts organization.