With over a decade of experience as a classical ballet instructor, Shannon Casorso has an inimitable combination of experience, expertise, and passion, and has trained dancers from beginner to pre-professional in classical ballet, pointe work, variations, strength & conditioning, character dance, and contemporary ballet. Her students have been accepted into prestigious ballet programs and summer intensives across the globe, including The Royal Ballet School, Kirov Ballet Academy, Canada’s National Ballet School, Miami City Ballet School, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and have taken home top prizes at a variety of dance competitions throughout North America. A certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD-RTS) for more than five years, she has successfully prepared students for RAD exams ranging from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2, and proudly boasts a 100% exam success rate.
Shannon’s pursuit of teaching excellence has led her to train under some of the greatest ballet pedagogues in the world, including Mercedes Bernardez (master teacher for Canada’s National Ballet and past ballet mistress of Alberta Ballet), Yvonne Oldaker (tutor & examiner with the Royal Academy of Dance), and Umran Sumen (artistic director of Jeunesse Classique Ballet). She has recently begun intensive training in Vaganova pedagogy under master Russian teachers Ekaterina Shchelkanova, Anton Boytsov, and Maria Vladimirovna-Chugai, and is preparing to continue her teacher training directly at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia as soon as the pandemic clears up.
In addition to her extensive pedagogical training, Shannon is continually undergoing training and research in the areas of functional anatomy, biomechanics, psychology, neuroscience, and motor learning & development as it relates to ballet and dance technique. She has received teacher training from world-renowned dance physiotherapist Lisa Howell, and has taken dance science & anatomy courses with Eric Franklin, Andrea Downie, Katy Chambers, Erika Mayall, and Kim Gardner. Her expertise in sound ballet conditioning, stretch, and strengthening techniques is further validated by her four years of certified teacher status with the revolutionary Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) ballet conditioning program.