Cell Phone: (661) 557-3752
Pricing: $20 per class or $216 for a pack of 12 classes (must be used within 4 months). Private lessons are $60 an hour.
Bio: Shannon began her ballet training with Heather Benes in Mojave, California, at the age of seven. When she entered high school she began attending ballet summer intensives around the country, including Ballet West in Utah (where she studied under former principal dancer of Joffrey Ballet, Calvin Kitten) and Texas Ballet Theatre in Texas. It was in Texas that she met her favorite teacher, Tim O’Keefe, associate artistic director of Texas Ballet Theatre. She developed a passion for the demanding art in Ohio where she spent a year with BalletMet Columbus as a trainee on scholarship under program director Susan Dromisky and artistic director Edwaard Liang. Upon suffering injuries, she returned home to pursue ballet at a slower pace. She has continued attending summer programs and is currently a company dancer with the Pasadena Dance Theatre in Pasadena under artistic director Cynthia Young, former principal of Ballet West. Shannon has studied under distinguished teachers, the most influential and inspirational to her being Susan Dromisky, currently ballet mistress of BalletMet Columbus and former soloist of the National Ballet of Canada and the English National Ballet and former faculty member of the National Ballet School of Canada; Roxana Olesijuk, former dancer of the American Ballet Theatre; Rebecca Rodriguez-Hodory, former principal of the Cincinnati Ballet and former ballet mistress of BalletMet Columbus; Dmitri Suslov, former soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet.
In addition to her ballet training, she has received some training in jazz, modern, tap, character, and flamenco. She has also been a part of a few musicals, including “Scrooge: The Musical” (Tiny Tim) and “Beauty and the Beast” (principal dancer).
It has been her dream since she was young to teach ballet. The more she dances it, the more she appreciates what goes into teaching; and the more she teaches, the more she realizes her lov
e of it. She began at the age of fifteen as an assistant teacher to Heather Benes; and when she was eighteen, she was given two classes of her own until she left to join Pasadena Dance Theatre. She now holds a place as substitute teacher for Pasadena Dance Theatre and has had experience giving privates and coaching individuals for routines. It is her desire to share her love of dance with others by teaching it to the best of her abilities and providing a solid foundation to enable students to pursue it at a professional level if they so desire.