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Shadou Mintrone was born in southwest Florida where she started dancing and performing at the age of 3. Her early training began at a tiny vaudeville school, studying all genres of dance. Outside of end of the year performances, she was a member of the performance troupes, averaging 15-20 shows a year. In conjunction with dance performance, she was involved with community theater and eventually moved into competitive dance. At 18, she moved to Philadelphia to study at University of the Arts where she majored in Jazz Performance (BFA). While in Philadelphia, Shadou was a company member with Brian Sanders’ JUNK as well as Zane Booker’s Smoke, Lilies & Jade Arts Initiative. Upon graduation she immediately moved to Seattle, Washington to dance with Spectrum Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Donald Byrd. During her four seasons with the company, Shadou toured nationally and internationally; credits include Dancemotion USA/BAM tour to southeast Asia, Cultural Exchange in Bangladesh, Summerstages in New York, SIDF, Seattle International Science Festival, Bumbershoot, Chop Shop, Velocity, and 5th Avenue Theater. Outside of concert dance, she had the pleasure of assisting and choreographing for some of the Pacific Northwest's most well known theaters (Village Theater, ArtsWest, Balagan Theater), as well as being highly involved in the burlesque/cabaret scene of Seattle.
Her passion and affinity for dance began with watching MGM movie musicals, seeing Fosse for the first time, and continued to grow with people like her mentors (Scott Jovovich, Roni Koresh, Donald Byrd), legends of the industry and always, her fellow performers. “Keep the torch lit."