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I am passionate about teaching dancers the Alexander Technique so they learn to use themselves more efficiently and prevent an injury. The dancers learn tools to enhance the mind/body relationship and the connection to their environment.
Shannon Lee Jones joined the Conservatory in 2011 as an instructor of Alexander Technique, and is an assistant professor of dance. She received her teacher’s certification with Tommy Thompson at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Alexander Technique International.
Before moving to Boston in 2005, Jones lived in New York City, where she worked professionally as an actress, appearing on Broadway in the original La Cage aux Folles at the Palace Theatre, playing the role of Angelique. National tours include Hello Dolly with Carol Channing, first national La Cage aux Folles (Dance Captain/Swing), Funny Girl with Juliet Prowse (The Muny), and the European tour of A Chorus Line (Cassie). She was affiliated with the Drama Desk Award-winning Barrow Group Theatre in New York City, starting in 1991. There, she would produce, direct, act, and teach for their Tops educational program, in association with the New York Board of Education, in addition to raising money for the company's current off-Broadway theater home. Regionally, she has worked at The Muny, Theater Under the Stars (Atlanta), Long Wharf Theatre, Barrington Stage, Riverside Theater (Florida), North Shore Music Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Gateway Playhouse, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Ocean State Theatre (Rhode Island). Boston theaters at which she has performed include Wheelock Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Gloucester Stage, New Rep, Stoneham Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, and Foothills Theater.
Jones discovered the Alexander Technique in 2003. She was experiencing chronic back pain as a result of her dancing career. The pain became so severe that she considered the possibility of no longer being able to work in theater. Eventually, she went to see a back surgeon at Beth Israel Hospital in New York who told her about Alexander Technique. The work would forever change her life and allow her to perform again, pain free. She became committed to sharing the work, especially with young dancers.