Shannon's Blog

A Little Bit of a Kink... But Maybe Not...

Last week I was teaching the pre-professional turns & leaps class and managed to break the fifth metatarsal in my right foot.  What does this mean?  I cannot dance for at least the next 6-8 weeks.  At that point, I go back for more X-rays to check on progress and determine next steps (more time off? begin rehab? etc.).  i was forced to withdraw from my TWU classes and cannot perform in the fall performances for Dallas Dance Company or Muscle Memory Dance Theatre.  I was really looking forward to dancing with both of these amazing groups of dancers.  I will be looking forward to the doctor's release so I can go back to dancing!

In the mean time, I am so happy and feel extremely fortunate to have found Power Pilates.  I knew before all this happened I wanted to pursue power Pilates certifications and take as many classes as I could.  What a blessing to have something I can do while I am in recovery!  The love I had for pilates is only continuing to grow as I learn more about the technique.  I am now Beginner Mat certified and (fortunately!) will be able to continue through Intermediate Mat in a couple weeks before Comprehensive begins.  For anyone looking for an outlet after (or during) injury, this has been the best thing I could have ever hoped for.  

This fall I will now be doing my graduate school work with Jacksonville University, teaching at ADA, and fulfilling my apprenticeship for Power Pilates at Classic Pilates.  This was God's way of telling me what to focus on the next few months.  I'm going to be in need of able bodies for some school projects... Putting the thought out into the universe now!  :)

Here We Go!

Well, the 2012-2013 season has begun... This year is going to be amazing!  

  • I am teaching at a phenomenal studio - Academy of Dance Arts.  I am truly blessed to be working alongside inspiring instructors with such talented students.  I am teaching:  Ballet 3, Contemporary/Lyrical (Advanced, Level 6, and Level 4), Turns & Leaps (Advanced, Level 6, Level 4/5), Competition Team, Master Classes, and privates/solos.  It's going to be a great season there!  www.danceada.com
  • The next semester for Jacksonville University is about to begin, and I cannot wait to see what's in store!  My classmates are wonderful, and spending the summer with everyone was motivational.  i cannot wait for the semester ahead.  I learned an incredible amount in 6 weeks over the summer and know there is much more to come.
  • I am also taking Modern IV at Texas Woman's University.  Classes start on Monday, and it is going to be incredible!  The placement class was on Wednesday, and there is so much talent there.  I look forward to being challenged and learning from everyone.
  • Time is quickly approaching for the Beginner Mat Certification with Power Pilates (September 7-9!!).  Then.... on to the Comprehensive Certification!  Classic Pilates has been an integral part of my development.  I highly suggest their classes and instructors.    www.classicpilatesstudio.com
  • Dallas Dance Company.  All I have is love for all the company members.  There are 20 of us now, and the group is great to work with!  
  • Muscle Memory Dance Theatre.  This is my newest endeavor, and I LOVE everyone I have met so far!  I cannot wait to begin performing with them next month!!

The Start of a New Journey

I cannot even begin to describe the past 6 weeks... I left my full-time job in finance to pursue my passion.  What better way than fully immersing myself for 6 weeks to start my MFA in Dance Choreography?!  10 days at White Oak Conservation Center surrounded by an unimaginable amount of dance history and inspiration, immediately followed by 4 1/2 weeks at Jacksonville University with 5 guest artists, 4  professors, and lots of classes/rehearsals... This has already been an incredible journey, and there is so much more to come! Sending love to all my JUMFA family... I'm going to miss our nightly laugh sessions in the apartment, random sayings for the t-shirt, and crazy adventures at grad camp! Until next year, my friends! :)

Cohort 2014 (missing Andre Tyson)

Cohort 2014 (missing Andre Tyson)

Cohort 2014 (missing Andre Tyson)

Cohort 2014 (missing Andre Tyson)

Praxis Presentation Celebration!

Praxis Presentation Celebration!