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About Shannon Thomas

Author Shannon Thomas is a dance instructor in Daytona Beach, FL. Shannon began dancing at the age of 4 at Debco School of Dance now known as Amanda's Dance Center. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acrobatics, modern, and musical theater. Shannon attended The Ann Lacy School of Dance and Arts Management at the prestigious Oklahoma City University. She has danced professionally for Shows in a Box Entertainment, The World of Magic and more. She is currently choreographing and teaching dance in the Daytona Beach area.

How To Integrate Social Media Into Your Dance Studio

You need to build an easily recognizable brand if you ever intend to take your dance studio to the highest level. So how do you go about it? There are many ways but few can compete with social media if … Continue reading

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Streching Tips: How to get your splits

The infamous split.  Every dancer would be lying if they said getting their split wasn’t one of their biggest goals as a young dancer.  So many dance moves revolve around this impressive demonstration of flexibility, it is encouraged from a … Continue reading

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Perfecting the Pirouette!

Pirouette : a rapid whirling about of the body; especially : a full turn on the toe or ball of one foot. As one of the most common steps known to the average person, the pirouette is a skill that … Continue reading

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Professional Choreography Provides Energy, Enthusiasm, And Skill

Whether you’re preparing for a dance competition, dance recital, a memorable first dance for your wedding, or you desire a creative and unique approach to any other special event or showcase, hiring a professional choreographer will add professionalism, creativity and … Continue reading

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How Dance Enhances Childhood Emotional, Physical and Cognitive Development

Dance may very well be one of the most primal forms of human expression. As humans, before we could talk, we communicated through movement. These non-verbal forms of communication laid the mental groundwork for the development of spoken and written language. … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Health Benefits of Dance

Dancing is known to be a beautiful art form as well as a great way to exercise providing endurance, flexibility, strength, mental mastery and a sense of well being to those that participate.  Not only are the benefits physical, they … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Jazz Dance

Jazz dance is a type of modern dance that is influenced by the rhythms, sounds, and techniques of jazz music. This dance style can be very individualistic because it often focuses on showcasing a dancer’s abilities and athleticism. Most jazz … Continue reading

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The Importance of Training in All Styles of Dance

Training in all styles of dance gives those interested in learning a choice in the type of training desired. From Ballet to Hip-Hop dance, the decision of the classes to take can depend on the individual taste of the student. … Continue reading

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Contemporary Dance, Dancebrought2u

Check out this improvisation video of me dancing to “Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson. I love to express the music in this way, it gives me artistic freedom to feel it in the moment.  This movement is directly inspired by … Continue reading

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One On One: The Benefits of Private Dance Instruction

Private dance instruction is an important part of a dancers growth and development, especially if they are serious about a career in the dance field. Spending one one one time with a qualified instructor gives the dancer the attention needed … Continue reading

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