Allison Shenton started her dance training in 1981 at Dance Arts, Inc. She enjoyed dancing the Nutcracker with Dance Arts every December, performing such roles as Dew Drop, Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Allison attended the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Dance Education. At UGA, she was a company member of the UGA Ballet Ensemble under the direction of Joan Buttram. Many of the roles danced at UGA inspired her love for classical ballet. Such include Myrta, Queen of the Willis in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker with the Athens Symphony, the Pas de Quatre in Act 1 and Corps de Ballet in Act 2, Kingdom of the Shades in the full-length production of La Bayadere, Flowers in collaboration will Ballethnic Dance Company’s Urban Nutcracker, and corps de ballet in the full-length La Sylphide. After graduation from UGA, Allison also had the opportunity to work as a professional dancer in Atlanta Festival Ballet. She was directed by the world-renowned dancer Nicolas Pacana. Allison danced in many productions, including The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. She did many original works arranged by Mr. Pacana and enjoyed dancing in the lead trio for the work Symphony in C. At Atlanta Festival Ballet School, she served as the Director of Operations. In 2003 Allison returned to Dance Arts, Inc. Her students have gone on to study and have scholarships to many summer programs, have been selected for the Governors Honors Program, and competed at the Youth America Grand Prix under her direction. She is proud to have many of her past students studying at major Universities as Dance Majors, including The University of Georgia, Florida State University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Belhaven College, Brenau University, and Valdosta State University. In 2014, Allison was happy to join the Dance faculty at Valdosta State University from 2014-2016, teaching ballet, and was very proud to be a Blazer. Starting Fall of 2016, Allison transitioned to the role of Artistic Director and owner of Dance Arts Valdosta, Inc.