Shannon Smith was born in Cave Creek, Arizona and has been a teacher at Adaptive Force since 2017. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, and jazz for over 18 years and continues to work as a professional concert dancer/choreographer in the Phoenix area. She is currently a student at Arizona State University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, a bachelor’s degree in English, and a minor degree in Spanish with plans to graduate in 2021. Shannon is also certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique that uses resistance and fitness equipment to properly develop muscles needed for ballet. In addition to her training, her choreography has been presented at ASU and the Phoenix Arts Museum, and Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance Festival 2020.