CLASSES TAUGHT: ADVANCED BALLET
After many evenings watching a boy’s creative movement class while his sister took ballet, Shannon Beacham moved from spectator to participant at the age of ten into the world of dance. His training began under the tutelage of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein. Shannon fell in love with classical ballet. After graduation, he was asked to guest with the then named, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (FWDB), now called Texas Ballet Theater (TBT), and shortly thereafter joined as a company member. While with the company, Shannon worked with many world renowned choreographers and artistic staff including Bruce Marks of Boston Ballet, Bruce Simpson of Louisville Ballet, Stanton Welch of Houston Ballet, and Ben Stevenson O.B.E., current Artistic Director of TBT. During Shannon’s professional career he has performed in many ballet’s including George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; Stanton Welch’s Fingerprints; and Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Dracula , Cinderella, and Coppelia.
After his tenure with TBT, Shannon joined the famed neo-classical modern ballet troupe, The Bruce Wood Dance Company and toured in various cities across America. Shannon is a principal guest artist and has several other credits which include the South African Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Ballet Metropolitan Classique.
Shannon has a passion for choreography and had the opportunity to create an original work on company members of TBT. He also choreographed a full length version of Snow White which premiered in 2005. He has also choreographed award winning works for members of LakeCities Ballet Theatre. Even while working as a full-time stock broker, he finds time to freelance. Shannon has been involved in dance for more than 20 years. This includes over 10 years of teaching experience and an education in dance from Texas Christian University. Shannon loves spending time with his wife, Christa, and three children, Josiah, Hanniah, and Epiphany. They are expecting baby number four this September!