Teachers at the Old Town School

Shawn Lent


Shawn Lent moves this world as a manager and social practice artist, with experience from a field in Bosnia to a children’s hospital in revolutionary Egypt. Shawn has been teaching dance for more than 20 years and currently serves as Program Director for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Alliance Building Lead for Createquity, contributor/editor for The Clyde Fitch Report, and project lead for Global Water Dances-Flint, MI and Dance Peace, which is catalyzing an integration initiative for Syrian refugees in Chicago. Previously, she was the national coordinator for EducationUSA Egypt with AMIDEAST and U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fulbright Scholar, UN Alliance of Civilizations International Fellow, instructor at Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, Commencement Speaker for Millikin University, and panelist/presenter at the University of Maryland, Universal Exposition Milan, Hope College and TEDx Shibin El Kom. In 2013, her blog post Am I a Dancer Who Gave Up? went viral. Shawn holds a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, where she served as the Arts Integration Program Specialist for six years, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Youth Arts Development from Goldsmith’s College.

Started at the Old Town School in November of 2016

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