Shawna is originally from New Jersey but has been residing in Florida for the past 10 years. She began her dance training at the age of three extensively studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and acrobatics. She has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, in communications and media studies. She has received scholarships and attended Joffrey Ballet School and The Ailey School. She has performed professionally with the American Dance Company, UPN Morning News, as well as being a Kid of the Kingdom at Disneyworld. She has also been an assistant to Laurie Kanyok while living in New York. Her students in both New Jersey and Florida have won numerous titles including American Dance Awards National Jr. Dancer of the Year, Jr. Miss Dance of CT, Teen Miss Dance of NYC, and Teen Mr. Candance Nationals. For the past seven years she has been a judge for American Dance Awards. Shawna is also a former Teen Miss Dance of PA, Miss and Jr. Miss DEA.