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SHANNON

HOCKENSMITH

From the age of 3, Shannon’s life has revolved around movement. Shannon danced with North East Ohio Dance in Wadsworth and performed with their pre-professional company, NEODE, under the instruction of Janine Vrotsos and Brenda and Christopher Stygar until graduating from high school. During those years, Shannon had unique opportunities to attend Joffery Ballet summer intensives, as well as master classes at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and many master classes from local professionals.

 

Shannon started teaching ballet in 2005, after taking a break from college and moving back to Ohio from New York City. It was then that she discovered how much she enjoyed teaching. Upon returning to NYC to finish her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, Shannon started taking Active-Isolated Flexibility classes with Michelle Assaf at Broadway Dance Center. She fell in love with this approach to stretching and strengthening and knew it was a method she would continue to study, practice and teach.

 

In 2009, Shannon packed up her car and drove to Oregon to work on an organic produce farm. Natural, healthy food has been a part of Shannon’s life since childhood and she knew it was time to get out of the city and play in the dirt again.

 

Reenergized and passionate about her own health and the food system we live in, Shannon again came back to Ohio and found herself pursing all her passions at once; teaching dance, running her own farm market stand, educating others about the importance of proper nutrition and making art. This path lead her to pursue a Permaculture Design Certification, where, during the course, she met her amazing partner Alex and, soon after, settled in Akron.

 

Shannon became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2013, and works with small groups and individuals focusing on building strength and flexibility while remembering to breath.

 

These experiences combined taught Shannon the importance of nurturing mind, body and soul, because our bodies can only fully function if we take care of them with the food we eat, the breaths we take, the movements we make, and of course, the love we give and make.

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