Amy began her ballet training as a child in Tallahassee, Florida with Helen Salter, Nancy Abbey (Tallahassee Civic Ballet company) and with Richard Sias and Gwynn Ashton at Florida State University as a high school student. She spent summers at the North Carolina School of the Arts. At 16 she became a Joffrey Ballet Trainee and moved to New York City, where she trained with Jonathon Watts, Trinette Singleton and Francesca Corkle, and enjoyed the opportunity to perform with the company in occasional works including Romeo and Juliet. She left the trainee program to study with Wilhelm Burman as a scholarship student, and traveled Europe where she enjoyed learning new styles of contemporary ballet. Amy left ballet in 1988 and went to Brown University where she graduated with honors in Biology, and enjoyed studying modern dance with Julie Strandberg, choreographing and performing with the dance company “Extension.” She went on to Harvard Medical School, a career in academic medicine as a Pathologist, and raising a family. She now enjoys the chance to take ballet class again at Cleveland City Dance, and create dances as a freelance choreographer.
Shannon is returning to teach the Thursday Graham modern classes I & II. She performed with the San Diego Ballet before completing her Masters degree in nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then earned a Masters degree in contemporary dance with a specialization in dancer wellness also from Case. She has performed in numerous works by Martha Graham including Steps in the Street, Primitive Mysteries, and in Verb Ballet’s major revival of Appalachian Spring. Shannon is a part-time lecturer in the Dance Program at Case where she teaches ballet, Graham-based modern, kinesiology, dancer wellness and ethnic dance.
Diana Braun is an alumnus of Cleveland City Dance and has been training with the studio since she was 7 years old. She is a recent graduate of Otterbein College where she received a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in dance. At Otterbein, she was able to work with Randy Skinner in Otterbein’s production of 42nd Street. She was also chosen to be the student choreographer for the 2009 dance concert “To Each, His Own”. Diana has been teaching with CCD since 2009 including establishing the Musical Theater program.