Shate' L. Edwards, Founder - @IAmShate

Shaté L. Edwards is a career coach, choreographer, and writer.  After graduating with honors from Spelman College, she performed extensively throughout the U.S. and China.  Her work has been commissioned by performance companies throughout the country, and she has choreographed and produced dozens of productions including industrials, concerts, musicals, and more.  Shaté recently served as assistant choreographer for Tony award winning Dallas Theater Center's and ATT Performing Art Center's production of Hairspray: The Broadway Musical.  Critics have called her “a talent to watch” and her movement has been described as “alone worth the price of admission.”

Shaté is also a master instructor who’s taught thousands of students throughout the U.S. and abroad.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University and spent several years serving as a dance professor.   She is the author of The Freelance Dancer’s Roadmap as well as career articles published in Dance Magazine, The Dance Advantage, Dance! North Texas, and Dance Mogul.  

Her work as a dance professor as well as the humble beginnings of her own career pursuit led to the founding of The Working Dancer, an online career resource for aspiring and early career dancers.  Through its blog, podcast, online classes, services, and more,  The Working Dancer offers professional and personal development to support its mission of empowering dancers to create sustainable careers.