Shonda Conner started dancing at Starz Choice Dance Academy at the young age of 3. With her grandmother as the owner she grew up in a dance environment. She also grew up competing with their competition team where she would travel all over the state for region and national competitions. With the company she achieved many top overall awards. Shonda also traveled to many conventions and has taken classes in both New York and LA at famous dance studios like Broadway Dance Center and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio.
After graduating from high school Shonda decided to continue her passion for dance and attended Florida School of the Arts to major in Dance. There she performed in many shows where she was chosen for special solos and additional performances outside the dance program. She also traveled and assisted with the instructors at other schools. After completing Florida School of the Arts she landed a full time job as a dancer at Walt Disney World. There she performed in High School Musical 3, Block Party Bash, Move It Shake It Celebrate it, Celebrate a Dream Come True, Sprectromagic, Electrical Light Parade and the Muppets Honorary Volunteer Cavalcade. While attending college and working at Walt Disney World Shonda also taught at local dance studios.
Shonda has always enjoyed teaching. At a young age she started assisting classes at Starz Choice and by her senior year had a class of her own. In 2011 she returned back to Starz Choice where she started teaching for them once again. She has taught all styles, levels and ages at the academy. Her choreography with our company has won many top overall and special awards at regional and national competitions. Since 2013 she has also taught dance at Grace Preschool. With teaching as her main focus Shonda still enjoys performing and in April she performed at the Van Wezel in “Voices of the Holocaust”. Shonda is now the Artistic Director at Starz Choice Dance Academy and is happy to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of her students.