Shannon Benton began dancing at a young age, studying at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg and Virginia School of the Arts. She attended Liberty University where she founded Divine Call Dance team, which began her journey as a teacher and choreographer. Shannon interned with The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation before graduating from Liberty with a Bachelor of Science in Communications: Advertising and Public Relations.
After graduation, Shannon continued her dance training at The Ailey School and Dayton Contemporary Dance 2. She made her professional debut in Houston, Texas, with Ad Deum Dance Company. She has also danced with the HoustonMET, Kenneth Epting Dance Project, Open Sky Arts Collective, Zion Dance Project, Störling Dance Theater’s production of Underground and as a freelance artist.
While in Houston, Shannon began teaching students of all ages, nationally and internationally, in a variety of styles – ballet, modern, contemporary, African fusion and jazz. Shannon loves teaching technique and worship classes.
In 2020, she completed an Arts in Movement Discipleship Training School through Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and earned her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Most recently, Shannon made the Kansas City area her new home. After a few years dancing as a guest artist, she joined Störling Dance Theater for the full season. She is also teaching for Störling Conservatory’s Certificate in Dance.
Shannon is excited for her first year teaching at Kansas City Ballet School!