Shannon Murray

Shannon has always loved to be in the studio. She started her dance career at the age of 4 and has loved every minute of it! Initially training in Toronto she would eventually move to London where she would complete many R.A.D. and B.A.T.D. examinations culminating in her B.A.T.D. Associate Membership, as well as being 1 of 28 senior candidates selected from across Canada and the US. to compete for an international Stage/Tap scholarship. She began dancing competitively at the age of 8, starting with tap, ballet, jazz and acro. Eventually she expanded her dance repertoire to also include lyrical, modern, pointe, hip-hop, character, musical theatre and song & dance. As a competitive dancer she has been awarded many adjudicator’s choice and overall awards. As well as attending international and finals in Orlando, Florida and being part of one of two dance troupes selected to represent Canada at a ‘Dance Excellence’ international convention in California. Shannon has 10 years of teaching experience and loves to encourage and inspire her students both young and old. Her main focus and passion is tap but she also loves to teach lyrical/contemporary, jazz, and acro. She understands the importance of staying current in the dance world. As such, she has attended The Pulse’s Teacher workshop in NYC (Shane Sparks, Michelle Dorrance, Wade Robson), The Pulse in Chicago (Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels), taken class at Broadway Centre (Barbara Duffy-tap legend, Anthony LoCascio-Tap Dogs). And most recently attended Shawn Byfield’s summer tap intensive in Toronto, where she was lucky enough to take class with Shawn himself, as well as David Cox and S.Y.T.Y.C.D.’s Everett Smith. Shannon thoroughly enjoys teaching and it shows on her students, many of them winning adjudicator’s choice awards, overall high point awards, and cash scholarships both nationally and internationally. She is very excited to be joining the team at KDC again and can’t wait to start working with their wonderful students and staff.