Teaching Philosophy

My approach to dance education is holistic, taking into account the physical, social, emotional, and creative needs of each student and empowering them to become healthy, motivated, and engaged individuals in addition to strong technicians, powerful performers, risk-taking artists, and articulate advocates for the art of dance.

Learn more about The Holistic Dance Teacher Approach.

What People Are Saying

I love all the creative ideas you put together in The Holistic Collection of Dance Improvisation Tips & Activities! Encouraging some silliness in activities like the “Wacky Waving Arm Flailing Tube Person” is refreshing! I also really love the variation on Body Writing. I have so many positive things to say about this guide!

I’m one of the many performers and dance educators living in Massachusetts who is currently benefiting from your generosity in releasing The Holistic Guide to Journaling for Dance Students. Thank you for making this wonderful resource available. It’s well loved here in MA!
Jennifer Passios

cogravity dance

I am so honored to have had the privilege of working with Shannon Dooling-Cain as a dancer in my company and as a teacher on my faculty. Her love for dance and creativity was so evident in her performances and how she worked with children. I am also very impressed with the lessons she shares on her blog. As the former Associate Director of Education for New York City Ballet, I have a lot of experience with curriculum development. Shannon has incredible ideas that I find very helpful.
Jennifer Haltzman Tracy

Director, Repertory Dance Theatre and Repertory Ballet Academy