Assistant Professor of Practice
Jazz, Tap, Social Dance
Shannon Grayson is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She began her professional dance training at Howard University, where she received a BFA in Dance, under the direction of late Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson, and summer intensive scholarships to Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She continued her training with scholarships to Jacob’s Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, Jacob’s Pillow Choreographers Lab, and Nathan Trice Summer Dance Intensive. She relocated to Chicago as a Lou Conte Dance Studio (LCDS) scholarship student, under the direction of Claire Bataille, and performed with Muntu Dance Theatre and Winifred Haun & Dancers. Her Chicago training experience furthered her development artistically as a dancer, dance educator, teacher, choreographer and eventually led to a full time teaching position for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) with the LCDS, HSDC Youth Dance Program, HSDC Education & Community Programs, and HSCD Professional Pilot Program. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and Dominican University, River Forest, IL. Relocating to Los Angeles, Shannon has assisted Sarah Anindo Marshall and performed with the Marshall Dance Company.
Shannon has choreographed for the Chicago Freelance Dance Project, Columbia College Chicago, and DanceWorks Chicago DanceChance. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and continues to train and teach extensively in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, African, Afro Cuban and Dunham Technique.