Instructor Bio

Shannon Hancocks (aka Shannon Grooves) is an Arts Educator dedicated to freeing the creative expression of young and old.  She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with more than ten years of full-time classroom experience. Her journey continues as a licensed Facilitator of The World Groove Movement, a Dance Coach (in school & private), a Drama Teacher for all-abilities and children, a performing artist Mermaid (Soleia), a Belly Dance Teacher, a Private Tutor for elementary through adult levels, a certified Drum Circle Facilitator for Rhythm to Recovery for Social and Emotional Development, a private caregiver, and a Thai Massage Practitioner.
Shannon's primary focus is on inspiring comfort and confidence in people. Her classes are inviting, safe, free-spirited, stress-free, mixed level gatherings where you will leave feeling like family.


There are so many individuals and organizations whom I have worked with that have shaped the educator I have become. Please see the list below and follow the links to discover more about the work and wisdom of these lovely members of my community:


Evymama - Nursing & Maternity store & studio for pre/post-natal classes (I teach Belly Dance here!)


AMP Studio Cafe - Cafe & Recording Studio run by a professional videographer (I run weekly GROOVE Dance classes here!)


IM Success Tutoring - Private in-home tutoring (I tutor for this fantastic company!)


Suitcase Theatre Company - Drama & Dance workshops in-school, in hospitals, and in the community (I do their in-school Dance workshops)


Community Living - Centre that offers a wide variety of adult day programs for persons with disabilities (I teach Arts classes here)


WitchyWomen - A collective of crafters who rehearse and perform seasonal flashmob dances (I coordinate and choreograph our pieces)

Clay and Paper Theatre Company - A grassroots organization that builds and parades giant puppets for change (I dance in their parades & events)



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