Jazz Technique Instructor
Shannon Atkins was the director and founder of “Dance Technique” on the Gold Coast, which is a leading performing Arts Center in Australia. Students from Dance Technique are currently performing on Broadway, and attending prestigious schools including the Juilliard School, The Royal Ballet School and The Ailey School. Shannon’s choreography has won numerous industry dance awards in Australia including "Best Tap" and "Outstanding Contemporary" with two students being crowned "Australia's Dancer of the Year." Shannon was the tap and jazz instructor at the Queensland Conservatorium musical theatre program in Brisbane, Australia along with choreographing musical productions for this course. Shannon has performed in and dance captained several professional musical tours herself throughout Australia including 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof and Evita.
She has also choreographed two major productions in Queensland- High School Musical 2 and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. Shannon moved to New York City two years ago and is currently teaching and choreographing in all genres of dance throughout the United States. She is also judging and teaching convention for various competitions across the states and internationally including Starpower, The Platinum National Dance Experience and Deviate. She has also been a guest teacher at international conventions in Mexico for the prestigious Hard Drive Productions based in Orlando and has established her own convention “Dance Mate” that tours throughout America, Mexico and the United States. Most recently Shannon choreographed the dance routines for the tap examination syllabus CSTD that is utilized throughout the Commonwealth countries.