Shannon Cuykendall is a dance artist, PhD student, and researcher in the MovingStories project at Simon Fraser University. Through scholarly and artistic work, Shannon explores kinesthetic empathy and the transfer of kinesthetic knowledge through multiple modalities. She applies this research to dance education / preservation / choreography, interaction design, and research in movement perception. Shannon’s choreography has been commissioned across the United States in Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Vermont, and California and has also premiered abroad in Spain. Shannon received her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy (2006) from the University of Oklahoma and her MFA in Dance (2011) from UC Irvine .