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 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 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!'”
Paige has been dancing at Shannon’s since she was a young child, captivating all with her natural talent! Starting as an instructor at S.S.D. in 2016, she has developed a passion for helping students explore the world of dance. Miss Paige strives to provide a loving and encouraging classroom where her students can not only better their dancing, but their character. After graduating from Central High School in 2015, Paige is currently attending the University of Southern Indiana. During the summer, Paige is the Assistant Coach to the Evansville Otterbelles, the dance troupe for the Evansville Otters baseball team. Paige teaches young combination classes and Lyrical, while also performing with The Sassquad at local events. “Dance has always given me a sense of belonging, and I am so honored to help others find theirs.”
Ashleigh teaches acro-jazz and combination classes currently. Ashleigh was born and raised in Evansville Indiana, graduating from Evansville Central High School in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising in 2016 from the University of Southern Indiana. Ashleigh works as a Senior Employment Assistant in the Human Resources Department at USI. In addition to working at USI, she is a swim lesson instructor and lifeguard at Lloyd Pool. Her dance career started when she began taking dance lessons at age three. Ashleigh danced at Shannon’s until she was 14. She continued to dance throughout high school by performing in dance competitions and at the local Vanderburgh 4H and Fall Festival talent competitions. Jazz and lyrical style dancing are her favorites to perform. She was also involved in cheerleading for 8 years and was a varsity cheer captain in high school. Ashleigh says that she enjoys instructing students because she loves to watch them achieve their goals and she hopes to inspire them to reach their maximum potential. “I truly enjoy getting to know each of my students on a personal level. I admire their determination and passion to learn. I love being a part of their dancing education.”
Miss Lyndsey is from Evansville and has danced at Shannon’s since she was 3 all the way through high school. Lyndsey is usually the first person one sees at the receptionist’s desk at the studio. She has been part of The SaSSquad performances at local community events. Miss Lyndsey loves visiting with families out in the lobby, keeping things organized, and helping entertain the little ones. Lyndsey graduated from North High School in 2015 and is attending the University of Southern Indiana. Lyndsey also loves working at Bosse Field during the summer as the Head Coach of the Evansville Otterbelles where she gets to choreograph routines and perform them on the baseball field with her teammates. In her free time, she loves to be with family and friends.