Shantese Robinson is the epitome of dance, born and raised in Muskegon Heights, MI, & she has studied at Western Michigan University. In the beginning of her dance journey, at 2 years old she started off singing & dancing in her mothers salon and they knew she was going to be a star. During her teens, she studied Modern & Jazz at HBCUs Summer Band Camps and used that to pursue further in her dance persona. Over the years she has performed at word-renowned venues such as the Apollo Theater and she has been featured in John Ruffin’s Theater 47 production “Takin Back My Name” by world famous musician Ike Turner playing one of the lead roles an Ikette, Melvin Elijah from The Temptations production “Motown Live”, and Choreographer/Author Wink Atme production “Tour Secrets as a lead dancer. She teaches jazz/modern/hip-hop/majorette & lyrical in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids & Muskegon, MI to all ages.
Her work also has been featured in churches, schools, and some theater productions. Most recently, She’s also a part of a collaborative initiative team called Trap Fitness MI which specializes in Yoga, Zumba, Afrobeat, and Twerk. Her signature class is the Fearless Jazz Hip-Hop Fusion, a very high energetic & sharp form of dance. Self impressions, fun sequence combinations, building endurance, confidence, & SASS!
Back in 2019, she traveled to Nigeria, to learn some of their culture artistry. Coming back home to the U.S. she decided to start teaching afro beats/west African dance. In early 2021, she received a KADI grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo organization towards her biggest dance video project yet called ‘Dance Figures’. The production was a celebration of African- American dance and astounding tributes that sheds light on Black Choreographers/Dancers throughout various time eras starting with the 1920s. Shantese will continue to soar high and reach her highest goals by keeping God first, creating a legacy & opportunities, inspire movers to succeed in dance, last but not least to LIVE FEARLESSLY!