Our artistic team



Shannon fell in love with dance at a very young age. Originally from Tennessee, she began her training at the City Youth Ballet with Susan Pace-White. She has trained all over the country with many of the nations most distinguished artist including David Howard, Edward Villella, Gelsey Kirdland and Alonzo King. She received a B.F.A from Radford University with a concentration in performance and choreography under the direction of Frano Jelincic and Dagmar Kessler. Upon graduation, Shannon became a principal dancer with the San Diego Ballet. During her time with the company she had the opportunity to dance various lead roles under the direction of Robin Morgan and Javier Velasco. After moving to Virginia, she is proud to have founded the Stavna Ballet, a non-profit dance company in December of 2010. In 2012 she opened the Stavna Dance Academy, becoming the offiial training school of the Ballet. Most recently, Shannon was awarded one of Richmond's 2013 "Top 40 under 40".



Nicole began her dance training in Miami, Florida under the direction of Tony Catanzaro. She graduated from New World School of Arts, where she trained with Mia Michaels, Gerald Ebitz, Judith Newman, and Fred Bratcher. Upon graduation, Nicole joined Atlanta Ballet where she performed soloist roles in Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Serenade and Raymonda. Nicole was also featured with the Atlanta Ballet in the 1996 Olympic ceremonies.

Nicole has toured all through the states and Europe with Disney Live entertainment and, Riverdance the Show. Moving back to Georgia, Nicole became a guest artist for Ballet Tennessee, Ballet Du Soleil, where she preformed principal roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Paquita. Nicole later joined Georgia Ballet as a company member, production manager, and teacher. Now she enjoys living in the Richmond area, and has become Ballet Mistress with Stavna Ballet Company.


Board of Directors


Heather Bell


Chad McConville


Mandy James

Managing Director

Katie Morris