Shannon Mulcahy DiNota (Studio Owner/Artistic Director) grew up in Miami, where she attended Southwood School for the Arts and New World School of the Arts. While in high school, she trained and performed with Rotaru Ballet in Atlanta and Freddick Bratcher Company in Miami. Following high school, she studied at the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago, home of the Hubbard Street Dance Company, and performed with Jazz Dance Theater South in Atlanta. Shannon received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she attended on a talent scholarship and received the outstanding modern dancer award. She was an original member of Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company, where she danced throughout her college years.
After graduation, Shannon moved to New York City, where she studied on scholarship at the Paul Taylor School. During this time, she met former Paul Taylor and White Oak dancer Hernando Cortez, who also co-founded Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA). She was an original member of New York-based Cortez Contemporary Ballet, where she danced for eight years. She performed Cortez's works across the United States, and proudly participated in numerous DRA benefits. She then relocated to Cleveland to join Cortez's new repertory company Verb Ballets, where she continued to perform his works, as well of those of Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and David Parsons. She eventually returned to New York, where she performed with Amy Marshall Dance Company.
Shannon has taught all ages at studios across the US and in London. She has also set works at the Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp in Lenox, Massachusetts and French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York, as well as locally at The Chapel School and The Bronxville School.