Shannon is a dedicated life-long learner who is very passionate about dance and its many benefits. She is a versatile and devoted instructor who is qualified in ballet, acrobatics, jazz, tap, and modern with multiple associations. She has also taken special training to bring dance to persons with learning differences, persons with mobility differences, and older learners.Mrs. Vallee has been teaching dance for over twenty-five years and has amassed thirteen separate teaching qualifications from six different dance institutions. She completes annual professional development to remain current and ensure she is using best practices. She trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, with such notables as Dr. Arnold Spohr, before completing the three-year full-time Teacher Training Program and went on to the Royal Academy of Dance’s three-year distance learning program gaining her Teaching Certificate and Registered Teacher Status with RAD. She did numerous professional examinations to earn the highest qualifications with the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, and modern. She continued earning qualifications with the International Dance Teachers’ Association in modern jazz, tap, and ballet. She then became a Silver Swans Licensee (a program for older learners which incorporates modifications for mobility issues) and a certified instructor with Rhythm Works Integrative Dance (a clinically based hip hop program for children with learning differences such as Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Cerebral Palsy) after completing specialized training for each. She most recently became certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts. Miss Shannon is a calm and careful instructor with awarding winning choreography. Many of her students have won bursaries and scholarships to further their training. Her soloists and groups have won numerous placements and special awards. Several of her students now have reputable and profitable careers in the arts. Mrs. Vallee currently serves as the Past President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association and as the President of the National Board of CDTA. She serves on the National Acrobatic Syllabus Development Committee for CDTA, National and has been involved with the creation and filming of the Senior Syllabus. Shannon loves teaching and takes pride in ensuring every student has a positive dance experience. The emerging research on the numerous benefits of dance (physical health and development of coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness; cognitive development and health including the delay of diseases like dementia; emotional expression and well-being; development of social and life-skills like turn-taking, team work, and the ability to accept criticism; self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect) developed are important at any age and you can only enhance your life with dance!