Shonica Gooden

Shonica G.

New York, NY
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Ballet

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

My passion for teaching began at the age of 13 and I have continued to train students all across the country for the past 17 years now. I train students to add the sparkle of performance quality and passion on top of their skill. I train them to not just be great performers but to also embody lots of professionalism.

Growing up in Atlanta, I trained extensively at Dance Makers of Atlanta and Dekalb School of the Arts in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, modern, hip hop and musical theatre dance. After gradating from high school, I continued my training on a collegiate level at Point Park University where I earned a BFA degree in Dance. Immediately after graduating from college, I booked my first national tour “Bring it On: the Musical” which led me to my Broadway Debut after completing the national tour. Since my debut and introduction into the professional theatre community, I have had the honor of being a part such acclaimed shows such as Hamilton: An American Musical, CATS (Broadway Revival), Matilda, Cinderella, Sister Act and Memphis. I have also been on TV and in Films such as Manifest (NBC), Fosse/Verdon (FX), The First Purge, and Ted 2. Part of my motivation that drives my career is being able to share my experience with students all across America.

Looking forward to sharing my knowledge and love of dance with you!!!

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Shonica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
2003

Shonica is a passionate artist from Atlanta, GA. While Growing up in Atlanta, Shonica attended DanceMakers of Atlanta and Dekalb School of the Arts. She continued her training on a collegiate level at Point Park University where she received a BFA in Dance. Upon graduating from college, Shonica toured and made her Broadway debut with the high flying cast of Bring It On: The Musical.

Throughout the past 9 years, Shonica has had the privilege and honor of being a part of other critically acclaimed shows such as Hamilton: An American Musical (The Bullet; Broadway), CATS (Rumpleteazer; Broadway Revival), Cinderella (Broadway), “Memphis” (Felicia; CFRT), “Sister Act” (Deloris Van Cartier; MT Wichita), Matilda (1st National Tour), Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (So Little Time Soloist; City Center), Piece of my Heart, and American Dance Machine (Sweet GA Brown; Joyce Theatre). Shonica has also began to spread her wings into the film and Television industry, making her guest star debut this year in NBC’s Manifest. You can also catch her in guest starring in The First Purge and twirling away in Ted 2. Spring of 2019, you can catch her on the FX Series “Fosse/Verdon”.

Shonica is extremely grateful for the journey thus far and is looking forward to whatever God has in store for her future. The best is yet to come! Jeremiah 29:11

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Education

BFA in Dance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Point Park University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Jan 2013

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Actors' Equity Association
Jun 2011

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Shonica as "Deloris Van Cartier" in Sister Act the Musical
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