I could not have won Miss America without Shea! With nine tap dancers heading to Las Vegas this past January, I knew I needed a competitive edge. Shea's choreography challenged me and captured my personality to a 'T.' I had so much fun in my preparation for Miss America thanks to Shea's kick-butt attitude and no-nonsense approach to making people awesome!
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013

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NEWS! Shea was chosen the 2016 #1 Pageant Choreographer and #1 Pageant Talent Coach by THE PAGEANT PLANET!

CONGRATS to these 2017 Miss America contestants!

From top R:

Miss CA Jessa Carmack- Top 10 Finalist

Miss TX Caroline Carothers- Top 7 Finalist

Miss NC McKenzie Faggart - Non Finalist Talent Award

Congratulations Miss Florida, Tori Cowen - 3rd Runner-Up at Miss America 2015!

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Myrranda Jones
Miss Florida
Preliminary Talent Winner
3rd Runner-Up at Miss America, 2014

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Kaitlyn Tarpey
Miss Connecticut
Top 10 at Miss America, 2014

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Laura McKeeman
Miss America, 2013
Top 16

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Alicia Clifton
Miss America, 2013
2nd Runner-Up
Preliminary Talent Winner

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Over the past 18 years Shea has choreographed talents for many women competing in the Miss America Pageant system in the areas of tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, clogging, acrobatics and movement for vocalists. Her understanding of the pageant system and talent requirements has resulted in many talent awards.

Shea prides herself in not only improving the style and technique of the contestants, but also working a great deal with each contestant on their confidence in all areas of competition.

Shea has first hand knowledge of the Miss America system having been a contestant. At the age of 18 she was crowned Miss OCU during her freshman year at Oklahoma City University. She was a top 10 finalist and prelim talent winner at Miss Oklahoma that year. The next year Shea competed at Miss Oklahoma as Miss Norman and at 19 was a prelim talent winner and first runner-up to Shawntel Smith, who became Miss America. Shea then made the
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decision to move to NY the next year to pursue her dance career. She entered the Miss NY pageant as Miss NYC and was 2nd runner-up. Her pageant career ended but not her love for performance or for pageants. Shea endeavors to pass her experiences on to contestants of all ages.

In addition to choreographing talents for contestants Shea is also involved in choreographing local and state pageants for both the Miss America and USA systems. For the past 10 years Shea has choreographed the Miss Florida Pageant bringing to the pageant and the contestants her up to the minute choreography and flair. Shea choreographed a routine for Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, which she performed during the preliminary competition.

Through pageants, Shea has learned a lot about herself and her talents. The most important lesson she has learned is to always be yourself. Never change for the sake of a pageant, a judging panel, or the whim of someone else.
Being true to yourself will gain much more recognition than a crown. While she remains an advocate of pageants, she keeps the experience in perspective. It is only successful if it feels right.
Working with Shea was one of the most awesome and yet tiring experiences ever! Never have I had a teacher who was able to pinpoint exactly what I needed to take my routine to the next level but also relate to me on a personal level. I appreciate the time she's spent with me because I know no one else could've been so beneficial to me!
Alicia Clifton, Miss America 2013 2nd Runner-Up and Preliminary Talent Winner
Before competing for Miss America's Outstanding Teen, I had the privilege of working with Miss Shea on my dance routine. I had so much fun working with her.  She comes up with the most amazing choreography and find ways to highlight my strengths.   Her creativity, humor and enthusiasm are contagious.   Working with her has been such a blessing and I am so thankful for all her help, encouragement and friendship!‚Ä®Love you Miss Shea!
Caitlin Burnell, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
Working with Shea Sullivan is an empowering experience. She choreographs in a way that always makes her dancers look their best and she puts the joy back into dancing. I have never danced better and she pushed me to do things I never thought I could.
Laura McKeeman, Miss America 2013 Top 16
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Alyse Zwick
Miss New York, 2009

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Acacia Courtney
Miss Connecticut, 2014
Top 15 at Miss America, 2015

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Most sessions are held in New York City, however travel can be arranged per availability.
Between 3-5 hours if it is a new routine. Brush ups can be done hourly.
Yes. At the end of the session Shea will go through the routine for the video. Please bring a video camera.
Yes. However it's always best to have some ideas of your own to start with.
No. All sessions are closed. However the last few minutes of each session are open.
LaGuardia is the closest, then JFK, followed by Newark. However there are buses that run from all airports to Grand Central Station (42nd Street & Madison on the East side of Manhattan) and Port Authority (42nd Street & Eighth Ave. on the West side of Manhattan).
Shea's schedule is always changing. When contacting Shea to schedule a session please have an idea of a few dates that you will be able to travel to NYC.
Marriott Marquis, Hotel Edison, Holiday Inn Crown Plaza, W Times Square, Hilton Garden Inn at W 35th St., Staybridge Suites Times Square, Four Points by Sheraton Midtown - Times Square, The New Yorker, The Renaissance on W 35th Street.
Yes. A deposit will be required to hold Shea’s time and the studio slot. There will be a cancellation fee if canceled within 72 hours of the session. Deposit and cancellation fee amounts will be determined when booking your session.
All choreography sessions will take place at rehearsal space in Midtown Manhattan, not at local dance studios like Broadway Dance Center or Steps on Broadway.
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