Shannon Cushing began her ballet training under the guidance of Diana Dart Harris of Dance Arts, Joyce DiLauro of Starship Dance Studio and Ruth and Noble Barker of New Haven Ballet. She attended Salve Regina University and graduated with a B.A. in English and Dance. She focused her dance studies on the areas of Ballet, Modern and Choreography under the direction of Christina Tsoules Soriano. In addition to earning her degree in dance, Shannon was one of the Executive Directors of Salve Regina’s Dance Team. Along with the other four Executive Directors, she held auditions for the company, coordinated classes for over 200 of her peers based on their dance skill levels, choreographed ballet and modern works, danced principal roles in numerous SRU Team productions including The Nutcracker and The Wiz and staged productions for the company. After graduating, Shannon joined the faculty at Starship Dance Studio and New Haven Ballet. She has performed with the Starship Dance Studio in Rebound Dance Festival, Arts and Ideas Festival and The Magic Toyshop. Together with her husband Craig, she welcomed a baby boy, Colby James in 2012.