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Meet the TDA Teachers: Shannon Taylor

What is your hometown?

Livermore, CA

 

What’s the story of how you became a dancer and teacher?

I started dancing when I was 5 years old when my mom saw a Tiffany’s Dance Academy stand at a local fair, and I have been dancing ever since. I started teaching a small amount in high school. However, it was really while I was in college that I started to teach more when Cesar R Degollado gave me the opportunity to instruct his youth dance company in Tucson, AZ.

 

What impact has dance had on your life?

Dance is a very big part of my life, and it continually helps me grow. There are so many lessons I learn through dance and teaching that help me in everyday life. It has also given me the opportunity to travel to places I never thought I would go!

 

Why did you start teaching dance?

I started teaching dance because I was asked to, but I have continued teaching because I want to help dancers learn the technique that I learned a little later in my training. As dancers, we always want to improve our technique, and I want to be able to instill the things I have learned on these young dancers.

 

What are you passionate about outside dance?

Outside of dance I am very interested in education, and how students learn. I am also very interested in traveling, it is amazing to see different cultures, and how beautiful the world is.

 

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue dance as a career?

I do not have a defining moment of when I decided to pursue dance. I have always wanted to dance, I did not give myself any other options.

 

If you weren’t a dancer and teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

If I wasn’t a dancer, I would probably be an educator or involved in some sort of other art.

 

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

I do not have a specific question, I just want the students not to be afraid to ask questions about the movement. Most of the time the question helps the whole class understand the movement better!

 

Do you have a favorite quote you like to tell your students?

I tell my students you have to go somewhere to get somewhere, specifically when talking about our first position arms. I believe this is something Miss Tiffany said to me growing up as well!

 

In your opinion, what makes dance such a great activity and art form?

Dance is a great activity because it uses every part of your body, you are building strength as well as flexibility. It is also an amazing art form because you can express yourself in so many ways. I often express how I am feeling through dance.

 

What locations and classes do you teach?

I teach in Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and South San Francisco. Depending on the location, I teach, tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical.


Find Shannon’s classes here!

 

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