Shannon Willard

  • B.F.A. Dance Performance
  • B.F.A. Dance Choreography
  • B.S. Mathematics
  • Certified Pilates Instructor

Shannon Willard is a Southern California native, born and raised in Irvine, California, where she discovered her love and passion for dance at a young age. She primarily trained at FOCUS Dance Center in Irvine under Monie Adamson. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in the spring of 2015. Shannon earned, with honors, a B.F.A. in Dance Choreography, a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and a B.S. in Mathematics, Cum Laude. During her four years at UC Irvine, she performed as a member of Modern Dance legend Donald McKayle’s Etude Repertory Ensemble, danced in various BFA and MFA thesis projects, and choreographed for many shows, including presenting her forty minute long BFA Honors Thesis concert at the end of her senior year. During Shannon’s last two years on campus, she was the club accountant for Bare Bones Dance Theater, a student-run nonprofit organization that encourages and supports all art, but especially dance, on campus. After graduation from UCI, Shannon trained and received her certification as a Pilates instructor under Diane Diefenderfer at Studio Du Corps in Costa Mesa. In addition to her choreographic work at UCI, Shannon is currently on Faculty at FOCUS Dance Center where she teaches all levels, gives Pilates privates, and choreographs for the competitive competing program. She also teaches both Pilates private lessons and Pilates group classes at Studio Du Corps. Shannon loves inspiring today’s youth through creativity and movement, and enjoys incorporating elements of both the concert dance world and the commercial dance world in her classes and choreography.

Open Company Classes

Class Name Day Of Week Time Age Teacher
Improv Open Company (July thru Dec.) Monday 08:00 pm—08:45 pm Shannon/Chelsea
Pilates Open Company** Thursday 04:30 pm—05:30 pm Shannon
Stretch & Strength Open Company ** Tuesday 04:30 pm—05:30 pm Shannon/Deana/Laura
Barre Training Open Company ** Monday 04:30 pm—05:30 pm Shannon/Hanne
Contemporary Open Company Saturday 12:00 pm—01:00 pm Shannon
Improv Open Company Monday 03:30 pm—04:30 pm Shannon
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Performance Technique Classes

Class Name Day Of Week Time Age Teacher
Contemporary P.T. Thursday 07:30 pm—08:30 pm 10+ Shannon
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