Shannon McGaughey

Shannon McGaughey


ADT Member since 2016, ACES Honorable Mention 2019 & 2020, ACES 3rd place in Dance 2018, received scholarship and attended Brenau University 2018, accepted to Alabama Ballet 2018-2020, accepted to American Ballet Theatre 2018, accepted to Andalusia Ballet 2020, received scholarships to Gus Giordano 2020, Huntsville Ballet 2020, attended Terminus School of Modern Ballet 2020, She performed in a collaborative program with The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and ADT called "Move With Me."


In their own words...

How did the passion for dance begin?

Once I started ballet, I would always see the older dancers performing, and I wanted to one day dance like them. Ever since then, I have always pushed myself past my limits to try and be the best that I can.


Why did you choose to pursue your dance studies at The Alabama Dance Theatre?

My mom chose to put me in dance at ADT when I was seven.  After my first year, I realized that I had knowledgeable instructors that could train me to become a professional dancer one day.


What pointe shoes do you prefer?

I prefer Gaynor Minden shoes because I have very arched feet so I go through point shoes really fast, but Gaynors last much longer than the average pointe shoe.

Which choreographers inspire you?

Sara Sanford, Janie Alford, and Kitty Seale have inspired me over the years at ADT.

What are some of your favorite roles of all time and why?

I like Spring Fairy from Cinderella because it has a lot of petit allegro, and Rudolph because it is a silly and fun character to play. I also liked playing a Gypsy in Dracula because it was a mischievous role and playing Red Bird from Pocahontas because it was my first solo.


What is your dream role?

My dream role is Mina from Dracula.