Shannon Lee Jones
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. She received her teacher’s certification with Tommy Thompson at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge, MA 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 Theater, playing the role of Anglique. National tours include Hello Dolly with Carol Channig, 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 affliliated with the Drama Desk Award-winning Barrow Group Theater in New York City, starting in 1991. There, she would produce, direct, act, and teach for their Tops educational program, in assoication with The New York Board of Education. She would also become a "ground breaker," 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 Theater, Barrington Stage, Riverside Theater (Florida), Northshore Music Theater, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Gateway Playhouse, Lyric Stage of Oklahoma, and Ocean State Theater (Rhode Island). Boston theaters at which she has performed include WheeIock Theater, Lyric Stage Company, Gloucester Stage, New Rep, Stoneham Theater, Reagle Music Theater, 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, especailly to young dancers.