Instructors

Michelle Crosbie

As the sole owner of SSD since 2002, Michelle Crosbie has been teaching dance at Shannon’s since 1996. She became a student of Shannon Jackson when the Crosbie family moved to Evansville from Pittsburgh in 1985 and began training and teaching under her mentor by the age of 16. Michelle has grown with the studio through decades and, today has over 50 high school students in class who have stuck by her side, dancing under Michelle’s instruction since their toddler years! She is alumni to Central High School and the University of Southern Indiana, earning her B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Studio Art. Dancing for her college squad, Michelle helped her team place nationally in competitions. Throughout her schooling, she took several opportunities to study art and culture abroad, including a semester at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. She is also a founder of The SaSSquad, a popular dance troupe that performs for several local charities and events. An accomplished painter and a talented songwriter, her first love is dance. “Having taught for so many years, I’ve seen my girls grow up and become like little sisters to me. I can’t help but love and care for them, but what is most astounding, is to hear them express, with tear-filled eyes on graduation day, what an impact I’ve had on their lives! It is deeply fulfilling.”

Stephanie Barker

Stephanie Barker has been teaching at S.S.D. for over a decade! Charismatic and adored by her students, she provides an encouraging environment and gives her all to every class. Miss Stephanie grew up as a student of Shannon Jackson, dancing since age 4, and was the first instructor hired by Michelle Crosbie in 2002. Enamored with Broadway jazz and movies like “Chicago” and “Cabaret,” Stephanie has always been captivated by the nostalgic charm of dance. Her passion for performance runs deeper yet, as it was likely inherited from her great-great-grandparents, George and Edith Fares, who took stage from New York to California as traveling Vaudevillian stars of the 1920’s! As a founding member of The SaSSquad, Stephanie, too, revels in every opportunity to entertain! Born and raised in Evansville, she attended Central High School and the University of Southern Indiana where she was 2-year captain of her collegiate dance team. In addition to dance, Stephanie enjoys writing and sculpting; she is an animal lover, animal rights activist, and avid vegetarian. “It’s rewarding to feel like I can be a positive influence. I want my students to be empowered and comfortable within themselves. I tell them to ‘Dance Tall!”

 

Zoe Kaufman

Having danced at Shannon’s since she was three, the SSD family has watched Zoe grow into an outstanding leader and role model for young dancers! Zoe is a full-time nursing student at USI, Honors College member, freshman mentor, Student Ambassador, and Housing and Residence Life Committee member. Nearing her fifth year as an instructor at Shannon’s School of Dance, Zoe is continuously excited to share her passion for dance! She strives to provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere in which she can instill the discipline required to be a successful dancer. Miss Zoe also loves to have fun in the classroom, developing loving, compassionate, and supportive relationships with her students. “I take pride in helping students build self-confidence and self- respect as they break out of their shells and explore the world of dance!”

Paige Mooney

Paige Mooney is one of the newest additions to Shannon’s staff, though Paige has been dancing at Shannon’s since she was a young child, captivating all with her natural talent! Now, as our friendly receptionist, Paige’s smiling face greets our guests upon entering the studio. Frequently assisting with Lyrical classes and young Combination classes, Paige is working hard to absorb knowledge and training as she endeavors to soon become a qualified instructor at S.S.D. She graduated from Central High school in 2015 and is currently attending the University of Southern Indiana majoring in Journalism. Paige also works at Ann’s Hallmark. “Dance has always given me a sense of belonging. When I dance I am comfortable in my own skin. I am so excited to help others find their own happiness!”

Michial Harris

Michial Harris has been teaching Hip-hop at Shannon’s for 4 years and has been dancing with a passion since age 14. He takes every opportunity to hone his skills and broaden his dance horizons, practicing constantly and innovating choreography with deep aspiration! He also attends Movement Lifestyle workshops out of Chicago, IL where he has had the opportunity to learn from leading choreographers in the Hip-Hop field today including Ian Eastwood, Brian Puspos and Lando Wilkins. Mike’s performances have been featured on “106 & Park” nationally broadcasted on BET. Aside from dance, Mike loves music, technology, movies, and cinematography. See his interests forge on his Youtube channel TeamMiketv, where he performs in/ films/ edits videos that feature his own brand of dance and musicality. Mike is from Evansville and graduated from Bosse High School; he currently works as a caregiver to the elderly and handicapped at Rescare. Coincidentally, his step-mother was named after Shannon (of Shannon’s School of Dance) when her older sister took a dance class with Shannon as a young girl! In that way, he’s always been ‘in the family,’ so-to-speak, but Michial truly is a revered member of Shannon’s staff. Do not miss the opportunity to learn from such a dedicated natural talent! “Time, practice, respect, effort, and patience are the keys to becoming a great dancer. The more you give, the more you get back.”

 

Magan Leystra

  COMING SOON!

 

Alexandra Ritter

Exceptionally well versed in Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Alexandra Ritter was born and raised in Evansville, IN and has been dancing since age 3. She graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in 2005, then, attended Purdue University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics. During her academics, Alex was a member of Dance 2XS, an international hip-hop crew, where she had the opportunity to work with several renowned dancers including the Jabbawockeez. Professionally, Alex worked for the Indiana House of Representatives in 2009 and attended The John Marshall Law School of Chicago in 2010. She currently works in the Oil & Gas Industry as an Independent Landman in the IL basin. Alex is a founding member of The SaSSquad and teaches Lyrical at S.S.D. Comically, she tells her students“Don’t ‘dance like nobody’s watching,’ dance like EVERYONE’S watching!!!”

 

Sadia Brimm

Coming Soon!

 

Ashleigh Carrol

 COMING SOON!

 

Lyndsey Morrison

   COMING SOON!

 

Shelby Moring

Fashionable, quirky, artsy and fun, former Shannon’s student Shelby Moring recently joined the S.S.D. team! Shelby primarily assists guests at the front desk, but also lends her creative talent as a choreographer. Graduating from North High School in 2014, and having danced for 11 years by that time, Shelby took on the process of choreographing her own solo as part of her scholastic “Senior Project.” It then became apparent she had a knack for wildly expressive Lyrical movement. Currently, Shelby is earning her B.A. in Graphic Design at the University of Southern Indiana. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, drawing, and making art. “I love dancing because it gives me the power to express myself in ways that I can’t with words.”

 

 

Samantha Shoptaw

Samantha Shoptaw”Miss Sam” is beloved by the youngest students of Shannon’s! Having been a dance instructor here since 2007, Samantha specializes in young learning and development. She attended the University of Southern Indiana, earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also works as a kindergarten teacher at Evansville Christian School. Samantha married her high school sweetheart in 2013, and delights in spending time with her husband, family, friends and dog Harvey! Best of all she is expecting her first child this summer! Sam grew up as a student of S.S.D. from age 6-18, inspired by her aunt who, as a girl, was one of Shannon’s very first students! “I absolutely LOVE my job and being around my students. I love seeing their confidence grow, their friendships build, and their love for dance increase!”

 

Johnna Nedreberg

Johnna Nedreberg is our exquisitely skilled Advanced Ballet instructor. She grew up in Evansville and graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in studio art. Johnna was trained in ballet from age 10-18 and studied provisionally at the Indianapolis Academy of Ballet. She has performed in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Etudes, Alice in Wonderland and other full-length ballets. Johnna spent two years living in France where she taught English to French students. You may also recognize Johnna from her thriving photography business Johnna Nedreberg Photography, in fact, we owe her a debt of gratitude for taking all of the instructor photos you see here! See more of her stunning work at Johnna-Nedreberg.com. “I love Ballet because it is great mental and physical exercise and gives people more awareness of their own bodies. Plus it’s just fun to create beautiful art through dance.”