Shannon Thomas grew up dancing since she was four years old. Performing and competing is where Shannon shined, winning top honors throughout the state of Florida for her solo and group performances. Shannon continued her dance education at the prestigious, Oklahoma City University for four years where she studied under Jo Rowan, Robert Reed, Tiffany Van Der Merwe, Kelli Rhodes Stevens, Kay Sandal, Patricia Oplotnik and more. She studied all forms of dance, acting and voice, performed with the American Spirit Dance Company and took classes in business, dance pedagogy and choreography.
She began working professionally while still at OCU as a dance captain and performer, dancing in trade shows, theme park reviews and other various productions. After moving back to Florida in 2008, Shannon performed as a guest dancer with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre and other local arts events as a dancer.
Shannon has been teaching and choreographing for the past 15 years and has had immense success in the studio training dancers in an array of styles from ballet, jazz, contemporary to hip hop and tap. Her students have gone on to study dance, musical theater, acting, and entertainment business at schools such as University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida Southern College and Ball State to name a few. Her unique experience as an educated performer, instructor and choreographer is what makes Legacy dance training stand out.
Shannon is passionate about teaching the art of dance and encouraging her students to work toward being their personal best on and off the dance floor. Our dance classes are structured around discipline, integrity, respect and professionalism to maintain a high standard in technique, style and performance.
Shannon’s Choreography has been honored at numerous prestigious dance competitions around the state of Florida. Her Choreography can be seen on the competition stage, at the Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker and Embry Riddle Dancing Eagles to name a few. She takes pride in providing the most up to date and modern choreography to give her students an edge, without over doing trends and keeping the dances she creates age appropriate and unique.
Shannon is the director and award-winning choreographer of The Legacy Stars Competition Team. The Stars are a National Award-Winning Dance Team and Performance Company featuring invited Legacy Dancers that have been training toward team placement. The Stars are proud to perform at various events around the Port Orange and the Daytona Beach Community, including Relay for Life, Port Orange Family Days, Volusia County Dances, Junior League of Daytona, The Domestic Abuse Council, Cannon balls for Kayne and more.
Shannon Thomas Choreography, "Vidlik" The Legacy Dance Studio
Jazz/Lyrical Dance; Featured Soloist, Shannon Thomas ---- Choreography by Christina Marshall
Shannon Thomas Choreography, "Teen Spirit" The Legacy Dance Studio
- Director Spruce Creek Colorguard
"Having taught Shannon in my high school history class and witnessing her personal dance performance successes, I was always amazed at her incredibly strong sense of self coupled with unexpected humility. Her years of continuous schooling and professional teaching have helped her further develop along those same lines. Shannon is sensitive to the needs of her students, while at the same time, encouraging younger dancers to grasp for the proverbial brass ring while always questioning the means to reach a student even more effectively. I was honored when she accepted my offer to work with my team at Spruce Creek and my semi-professional performance troupe based in Orlando. Shannon's gifted sense of communication reaches audiences from 8 to 38 with no problem."
"Shannon is a high energy, cutting edge choreographer who is passionate about helping her students dance from their hearts. Shannon's style adapts well to students of different levels and technical abilities. She understands and uses multiple choreographic elements that make her work fun to perform and entertaining to watch. "
"Mrs. Shannon I just wanted to take a quick second and say thank you for teaching us dance in papillon and taking time out of your day to do that. I've noticed at the DSC dance practice that I move so much bigger now like how you taught us to. Especially when I used to dance so small. So thank you for helping me improve."
"I danced with Shannon for many years throughout school. She was 100% passionate about dance from the time I met her when she was 11 years old. She still carries that same excitement and love for dance as she did back then. Shannon has a gift for choreography; I love her work. She has a unique ability to capture the feeling of a song and create performance art from it. Anyone who has the priveledge of learning from Shannon will be better because of itless."
"I had the opportunity to meet Shannon in college and it is obvious that dancing runs through her veins. She is an excellent dancer/instructor and choreographer with an unparellled passion for the art. Her creativity and and personality shine through in all aspects of her life. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve themselves in the performing arts arena."
"Shannon Thomas did a beautiful job choreographing my dance solo for a high school pageant. She understood my style and showcased my strengths. For the past 4 years I have been able to participate in numerous group dances she has choreographed including jazz, hip hop, lyrical, acro, and modern. Her unique dance is reflected in each dance . She is always up-beat and makes learning choreography fun from simple to challenging routines."
"My daughter has been dancing with Ms. Shannon for several years. We were overjoyed to hear she was opening her own studio. My daughter has learned so much this year at Legacy. Shannon is patient and critiques with love to build character as a dancer. We are very happy with Legacy Dance and would recommend to anyone."
"My daughters have both been dancing for a few years with Shannon. When Shannon opened up her own studio it was a perfect fit for our family and we couldn't be happier!"