Lecturer in Dance (part-time)
Shawn K. Garnier, originally from Colorado, started his gymnastics and dance career at a young age. While in high school, he was a three-time state champion and an All-American in gymnastics. From there, he went on to a 16-year professional dance career that included world tours with Dick Foster Productions and stints in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, Stratosphere, Harrah’s, the Sands, and the Aladdin Hotel and Casino.
Garnier is a 2008 honors graduate of Queens College, where he created the nationally-ranked dance team, for which he serves as head coach. He went on to earn an MFA in choreography from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.
He has also performed with and choreographed for several artists under the Sony label. In 2011, Garnier put his expertise to use as choreographer and styler for the 2011 Latin Billboard Awards. In New York, he has performed with choreographer John Seylas (American Ballet Theatre, the WNBA’s New York Liberty, and with the Radio City Rockettes).