BFA Maj Dance (SFU), GMCC Dance Dip., Associates Diploma CSC-CICB
Shannon has 2 decades of teaching under her belt. She has taught and trained thought out Canada and the UK. Her education includes a Dance Diploma from Grant MacEwan College, a BFA majoring in Dance from Simon Fraser University, as well as holding her Associate Diploma from the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Shannon is privileged to have trained at London Studio Centre, Laban Centre, The Place and with London Contemporary dancers, completing her Associate Teaching Credentials with highly regarded examiners and master teachers at City University, London Campus.
Shannon put her training to use teaching jazz summer schools and master classes for the Royal Academy of Dance, also teaching ballet, jazz and modern at various studios throughout London, UK.
After returning to Vancouver, Shannon became a member of the BC Cecchetti Executive Council from 2011-2015 where she helped organize many workshops and Cecchetti awards during that time.
Always looking to keep her skills on “pointe”, Shannon still makes time to learn from master teachers when the opportunity arises, by attending seminars such as National Ballet School of Canada’s teachers summer seminars and Dance Life Conferences to name a few. Courses on anatomy, injury prevention, choreography, dance history, music and class room management techniques round out her training. She is always looking for more information on how to safely, train and improve her students.
Few things make a teacher more proud than watching their students respond and thrive under their tutelage and Shannon is honored to have former students accepted at prestigious institutions such as Cecchetti Scholars London, Stella Mann College, London Studio Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Alberta Ballet School, Randolf Academy, The Source and SFU Contemporary Dance Program. Many have also gone on to various professional careers and some have become dance teachers themselves.