Our Directors

Building Strong, Confident, Beautiful Dancers


Shannon Gallagher – Owner/Co-Director

Shannon Gallagher began dancing at the age of three with Virginia Lee Mackesey as her primary teacher. She continued her dance education with the Joffrey Ballet, Gus Giordano, and Ballet West. Shannon was a member of the Duluth Ballet Company in 1988 and is a graduate of the UW-Madison. She has been teaching dance for more than 20 years and has received numerous awards for her choreography, as well as the locally known “Top Notch Teacher” award.  Shannon was recently the paid consultant for American Girl Dolls, Girl Of The Year, Isabelle – giving dance advice to the author, as well as overseeing the artwork for the three Isabelle books as well as Isabelle’s online journal.  She is a Certified Dance Educator through Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and is currently the President of Dance Masters of Wisconsin.


Sharon Gallagher – Co-Director

Sharon Gallagher began her dance training at age four and taught dance for over 40 years.  Mrs. G, as she is known at the studio, is now our office manager. Her extensive experience in dance education makes her a tremendous asset to keeping our dance studio moving forward. She successfully directed an award-winning baton competition team for 16 years. Her baton soloists and dance twirl groups won numerous first place awards at competitions. Additionally, Mrs. G’s pre-ballet classes were known throughout the Madison area as a learning, caring and positive experience, making Premier Dance Academy’s Pre-Ballet Classes the most popular in Madison!


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