Education & Training

Shannon Watters is a dance instructor, choreographer, performer, and Treasurer for the Dallas Repertoire Ballet Board of Directors.  She is also a certified Pilates instructor and member of the Cecchetti Council of America. Her education and training has led her to work with some of the best in the dance industry.



Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography (Completed), Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, 2012-2014

  • Dean's Award Recipient, Fall 2013
  • Curriculum:  Advanced Practicum, American Dance History, Body Politics, Contemporary Body Practices I-II, Creative Synergies I-II, Examining Practice I-IV, European Dance History, Graduate Critique I-II, Graduate Seminar I-II, Intermedia I-II, Methods of Practice I-II, Pedagogy I-II, Research & Development I-II, Thesis
  • Faculty:  Christina Teague-Mann, Cari Coble, Jennifer Walker, Bill Hill, Brian Palmer
  • Guest Artists:  Jean-Paul Loppo Martinez, Martin Bartelt, Mario Zambrano, Stefanie Batten Bland, Gary Lambert, Alonzo King, Michael Klien, Jamie Griffiths
  • Dance Training: Choreography, Improvisation, Modern, Contemporary, Yoga, Pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, MELT Method, Authentic Movement

Master of Fine Arts in Dance (Non-Degree Seeking), Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, Fall 2012

  • Dance Courses:  Techniques in Contemporary Dance (Modern IV)
  • Faculty: Jordan Fuchs

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics (Completed), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2005-2007

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Business Honors
  • Half Tuition Scholarship Recipient
  • Dance Courses Taken: Non-Major Ballet and Non-Major Modern
  • Member: Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts (No Degree Earned), Collin County Community College, Plano, TX, 2004-2005

  • Dance-Related Courses Taken: Music Fundamentals

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Management (No Degree Earned), Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK, 2002-2003

  • Received Dance & Academic Scholarships to Attend
  • Dance Courses Taken: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Dance Workshop, Dance Health, Musicals for Dancers, Arts Management Costume Lab
  • Studied Under: Jo Rowan, Kay Sandel, Alana Martin, Kari Shaw, Tiffany Van Der Merwe, Robert Reed, Patricia Oplotnik, Richard Denson
  • Member: American Spirit Dance Company, Pep Dancers, Alpha Phi


Cecchetti USA Teacher Certification (In Progress), Allen, TX, 2013-Present

  • Passed Grade I (Commended), Grade II (Passed Plus)
  • Currently working on Grade III
  • Member of Cecchetti Council of America
  • Studied Under:  Ann Parsley

Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification (Completed), Dallas, TX, 2012-2013

  • Comprehensive Certification (600-Hour Process), 2013
  • Beginner & Intermediate Mat Certified, 2012                       
  • Studied Under:  Rachael Lieck Bryce, Veronica Combs

Dance Training

Dallas Dance Company, 2009-2014, Company Member, Choreographer, Instructor - Training in modern, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, 2012-2013, Collective Member - Trained in modern and contemporary under Lesley Snelson, Brandy Niccolai, and Kiera Amison

Texas Woman's University, 2012, Student - Trained in contemporary/contact under Jordan Fuchs

Southern Methodist University, 2007, Student - Trained in ballet and modern with MFA students

Dallas Power House of Dance, 2004-2006, Student - Trained in jazz, modern, and hip-hop with Michelle Stafford, Gino Johnson, and Keith Green

Bally Total Fitness, 2004-2006, Promotions Team, Instructor - Trained in Pilates, yoga, core fusion, and interval training

American Spirit Dance Company (Oklahoma City University), 2002-2003, Company Member, Student - Trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap with OCU faculty

Tremaine Dance Conventions, 2001-2002, Teaching Assistant - Trained in modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and tap; Worked most closely with Liz Imperio, Doug Caldwell, Desiree Robbins, and Joe Tremaine

Boston Ballet, 1998, Summer Program - Trained in pointe, contemporary, Pilates, and yoga

Academy of Dance Arts (Home of the Dallas Repertoire Ballet), 1997-2002, Student, Company Member - Trained in ballet (mostly Cecchetti and Balanchine), pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap; Worked with Anna Donovan (Texas Ballet Theatre), Kathy WIllsey (Owner, Academy of Dance Arts), Megan Buckland (Co-Owner, Academy of Dance Arts), Beth Pliler, Liz Imperio, Desiree Robbins, Dee Caspary, Alan Sherfield, Justin Giles, James Clouser (Faculty, University of Arizona), Thom Clower (School of American Ballet, Allegro Ballet of Houston), Jonette Swider (Nevada Dance Theatre, San Antonio Ballet, New Orleans Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet), Shelly Bramhall (Associate Choreographer/ Event Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders)

Master Classes in Addition to Training

  • Choreography - Jean-Paul Loppo Martinez, Stefanie Batten Bland, Alonzo King, Gary Lambert, Martin Bartelt, Michael Klien
  • Isadora (Interactive Technology Software) - Jamie Griffiths
  • Teaching Techniques - Denise Wall, Kim McSwain, Jason Parsons, Chebar Williams, Liz Imperio, Rachel Kreiling, Ray Leeper
  • Modern/Contemporary - Jason Parsons, Robert Battle, Mia Michaels, Jonathan Campbell, D.J. Guthrie, Lauren Adams, Jeff Amsden, Keri Lagrand, Chip Abbott, Thayne Jasperson, Albert Drake, Wade Robson, Hui-Cha Poos, Lesley Snelson, Mandy Moore, Mario Zambrano, Stefanie Batten Bland, Gary Lambert, Michael Klien
  • Jazz - Joe Lanteri, Andy Pellick, Jeff Amsden, Keri Lagrand, Alan Sherfield, Joey Dowling, Hui-Cha Poos, Nick Lazzarini
  • Improvisation - Teddy Forance, Alexandra Damiani, Cindy Salgado
  • Lyrical - Suzi Taylor, John Crutchman, Matt Dorame
  • Ballet/Pointe - Daniel Catanach, Duncan Cooper, Kim Craven, Jeff Amsden, Alonzo King
  • Partner Work - Keri Lagrand, Alexandra Damiani
  • Musical Theater - Andy Blankenbuehler, Joey Dowling
  • Hip-Hop - Marty Dew, Dana Wilson