“Shannon, we just wanted to thank you for an amazing night. I was so impressed with all the performances. You are wonderful at what you do and we are lucky to be a part of this dance studio. Thank you again!”
Originally from Pennsylvania, Shannon has been dancing since she was six years old. She has been teaching dance for almost 30 years. Shannon has trained at Steps and The Broadway Dance Center in New York City and has studied under industry professionals like Frank Hatchett, Joe Lanteri, Mia Michaels, A. C. Ciulla and Germain Salsberg.
Teaching dance has always been Shannon’s passion. She truly enjoys teaching all ages and all levels. She is proud to own a studio where she is able to watch each dancer blossom and gain confidence in themselves. She has also been fortunate enough to see many of her students go to dance at prestigious universities, professional companies, and even Broadway.
Along with her teaching experience Shannon has been in several musical productions over the years and has judged numerous national dance competitions. Some of her favorite performances have been in shows like Crazy For You, A Chorus Line, Once Upon A Mattress, and Fame.
Shannon resides in Forsyth County with her two sons Sullivan and Sawyer.
Dance & Barre Instructor
Megan Foose, a native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, began dancing at the early age of three and has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Pointe. Training at Accent on Dance in Wisconsin, she has traveled the country competing at both the regional and national level where she earned several National Championships.
She attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, on a dance scholarship, where she earned her BFA in Dance, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While at Valdosta State she had the opportunity to perform in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival and the American College Dance Association. She has spent the last few summers training with the Radio City Rockettes through their intensive and performing professionally with Peach State Summer Theater- Most recent credits include: Disney's Newsies and Hello Dolly!.
While teaching at the studio, she will also be dancing professionally with Contemporary Company SIDEWAYS in Roswell, GA and judging regional dance competitions for Boogie Fever and Dance Machine. She is also a certified Barre Instructor. She is so excited to be a part of the TDS family and work with all the dancers this upcoming season.
Susan De Witt
Ballet & Pointe Instructor
Susan De Witt is an emerging artist who is compelled to share her dancing with the world. Susan received her Bachelors of Arts in dance at Brenau University where she received both academic and dance scholarships, and is finishing her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting at UNG . Susan has trained and performed in genres that include classical ballet, neo-classical ballet, jazz, modern, and afro-modern. She performed in the Gainesville Ballet Company under the directorship of Diane Callahan as well as in Brenau University’s Dance Department under directorship of Madia Cooper-Ashirifi. Susan also has extensive experience working as a theater technician.
Jo has been teaching acrobatics and tumbling to dancers, gymnasts and cheerleaders in the Atlanta area for over 10 years. She is a professional SAG-AFTRA stunt woman who has doubled actors, trained actors and performed stunts in Los Angeles, Kentucky, South Carolina and in local Atlanta productions such as Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, The Boss, Black Panther, Nancy Drew, Outcast, etc. She has also performed in various live acrobatic shows in and outside of the country.
Growing up in a military family, Jo moved all around the country and world. She was a competitive gymnast, participated in theater and dance and created her own Acro-dance performance team while living in San Diego. She also began her training in aerial silks in San Diego and later continued at the Circus Arts Institute of Atlanta. She is a member of the National Ninja league, and an official obstacle tester for American Ninja Warrior. Prior to turning her attention to stunts, dance and teaching acrobatics, Jo also trained in boxing, capoeira, mixed martial arts, parkour, breakdancing, and was a sponsored skateboarder. She continues to expand her education through dance classes, acrobatic and silks trainings and seminars. She is a strong believer in the adage Never Stop Learning! Jo loves the creativity of acrobatics and dance and loves helping her students overcome fears and gain new skills and confidence!
Hip Hop Instructor
Lance Washington spent the past ten years as a principal dancer with the Patti Rutland Jazz company in Dothan, Alabama. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He received his professional hip-hop training from Maurice Fulkon in Chicago, Joshua Allen in Texas and Vincent Johnson from Atlanta. His professional credits include industrial television work in Chicago. National awards in choreography include, the Platinum Power Award from Platinum National Dance Competition, which also earned his crew the opportunity to be featured on the front cover for the Platinum Dance Convention brochure. In 2012, Lance made it through to Vegas for the hit television series So You Think You Can Dance. Lance also taught within the Patti Rutland Jazz Arts in Education Outreach program. This is the largest outreach program in the state of Alabama. It includes teaching over 6000 elementary and middle school children weekly. He taught at The Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Centre, The Dothan School of Dance, Enterprise School of Dance, Panama City Dance Academy and A Time to Dance studio. Lance Washington has also taught for the 2015 and 2016 Jazz on Tap convention in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Marcus Alford and Annie Day, and the 2019 Alabama Dance Festival. Lance has also taught and danced along side of Rustin Matthew, Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb, Rob Hoffman, Balta Monkiki, Nick Wilson, Nicole Kirkland,and Jimmy Locust. He also works as a hip-hop choreographer for many other groups throughout the Southeast and has won numerous regional choreography awards. Lance is very excited about how his career is taking him to so many places where he is meeting more and more talented dancers, choreographers and friends.
“Always Stay teachable!”