Todd Shanks
Master Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer
 
Teaching all levels in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theater

About Todd

Todd Shanks has been featured in Dance, Dance Spirit, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines.

As a performer Todd has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, “The Electric Company”, Kimberly Clark, “The View”, Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley’s, Paramount Pictures, “Good Day NY”, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant.

His choreography was recently seen in a commercial for BIC "Soleil" Razors and on ice for the opening number of “Stars, Stripes and Skates” staring 3-time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir. His choreography has also been featured on “The View”, ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC’s Carnival, Steps on Broadway’s Faculty in Performance, the 2007 Yankee FanFest and “The Game is in Us” (a Nike spec commercial).

Todd was on Faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC for over a decade. He has been a guest teacher at the University of Florida, Boston University, Skidmore College, Keene College, the Ailey Extension, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Masters of America, Dance New Amsterdam, Florida Dance Masters and many private dance studios throughout the United States. Todd is currently a full time Artist in Residence at Dean College near Boston, MA and is teaching on tour with Manhattan Dance Project and Top 10 Dance Challenge.

Todd started his training in Ballet at Vostrikov's Academy of Ballet in Virginia. When his family relocated to Florida, Todd continued his training at Dussich Dance Studio. At Dussich, he branched out into Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater and Hip Hop. Todd is extremely thankful for the time and energy Liz Bevilacqua, Al Packard and all of the teachers at Dussich put into his training. After graduation from High School, Todd moved to NYC where he studied at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and was mentored closely by Bill Hotaling.