It takes two to tango.
The Connected Dancer opened in 2013, serving all of Los Angeles and Orange County. Co-owners and partners Shawn Groth & Katie Clark opened their own company from a deep belief in the power of dance to positively change lives (something both of them had experienced - and continue to experience daily! - in their own lives). With a whole-person approach to dancing and teaching, they constantly emphasize the joy, the positivity, and the growth that dance can bring to mind, body, and spirit.
No matter what goals a dancer has - whether it's to experience the wonder of connecting to a partner; to go out and dance anytime, with anybody, to any music; to improve physical fitness or balance or flexibility; to express oneself through movement; or to move freely and without inhibition - The Connected Dancer can help you achieve exactly that. Shawn and Katie tailor the learning experience for each student, believing that your dance journey should be as unique and wonderful as you are. There are countless ways to approach any lesson, and The Connected Dancer brings the best of the traditional dance industry, enriched by a much wider and deeper perspective and appreciation for the wonderful complexity of life and human experience. It's dance instruction - designed around you!
Shawn started dancing when he was fourteen years old, and before the age of 20, had risen to international status and acclaim. He's worked at some of the most prestigious and successful studios in the world, and has trained countless teachers on teaching, dancing, and business savvy.
His greatest strength, however, is his ability to connect dancers with their own bodies, their own energy, and the energy and movement of their partners. It absolutely transforms dancers, both on and off the floor, resulting in better dancing and a better quality of life. He is a holistic dancer, believing that good movement quality and good emotional content should be true in any setting, not just on the dance floor, and his teaching embraces that same philosophy.
Katie E. Clark, Ph.D.
Dancing since the age of 17, Katie is also a classically trained harpist, a certified Rescue Diver, a Pilates instructor, a medieval historian and former college professor. She has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and a background that includes training and teaching at the top universities in the world.
As a teacher, she can get anybody moving right away. She is fabulous with kids and adults alike, bringing a fun and light approach that immediately dispels any concerns or nervousness new dancers might feel.
She is also the team's in-house choreographer, creating solo and partnered choreography for shows, competitions, events, and weddings.