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History of Shannon’s…

Before Shannon was born, her mother, Kalah Street studied dance with Eddie Gay and was one of Francis Osborne’s “Stars of the Future” in California. Kalah studied under Henry Richards and Al and Marian Hodgini in Evansville and became a dance instructor.

By 1974, Kalah’s 17 year-old daughter, Shannon Silkey also began teaching at Hodgini’s, a historic dance studio of Evansville, IN established in 1953. Shortly after, Shannon and her mother Kalah started their own fledgling studio, Shannon’s School of Dance in Albion, IL

In 1976, Shannon had relocated SSD to another space in Town Center Mall of Evansville. The studio quickly flourished building a reputation in the community for its outstanding dance instruction. Located in Town Center for over 30 years, SSD has instructed several generations of students.


Michelle Crosbie, a former Shannon’s School of Dance student and instructor, bought the studio from Shannon (Silkey) Jackson in 2004. She has been the school’s owner ever since. An accomplished dancer and instructor, Michelle is involved in many charity events with Shannon’s and her own dance team, The SaSSquad. “Miss Michelle” is an avid cook, and has also has appeared in print for her interior design aesthetic in which she credits her mom, Earlene, as her biggest influence.


Now in the 50th year of operation, the Shannon’s School Of Dance studio has been located at 3111 N. First Avenue in Evansville, IN since 2014. With literally thousands of alumni and new enrollments of young dancers every year, “SSD” continues to inspire and empower every student with the confidence and instruction to do their best. Kalah and Shannon are SSD’s biggest supporters!