Lacey Sheppard (Modern) graduated Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors, from Towson University, earning a BFA Degree in Dance Performance with K-12 Certification. She was the recipient of the Alexander Sidorowicz Scholarship and was selected as the undergraduate speaker for Towson University’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony. While attending Towson University, she had the opportunity to work closely with Troy Powell, the Associate Artistic Director of Ailey II of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, as a featured soloist in the Towson University Dance Company’s performance of “The Ailey Suite”, and as an aerial trapeze performer under the guidance of Jayne Bernasconi of Air Dance Bernasconi. She also trained extensively with Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Runqiao Du, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Vincent Thomas, and Sandra Perez. Lacey made her professional debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as a performer for VTDance, an award winning Baltimore-based professional modern dance company under the direction of Mr. Vincent Thomas, in their performance of “Witness”. In addition to performing, she spreads her knowledge and passion for dance by teaching different dance techniques and skill levels, in a variety of educational settings. She is employed by Towson University’s Community Dance, where she serves as their Educational Services Assistant and teaches ballet, modern, and creative movement to children ages 3-18. Additionally, Lacey teaches at various private studios throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, and serves as a teaching artist for ClancyWorks Dance Company; teaching for Baltimore County’s D.A.R.E. Dance Program and Montgomery County’s Extended Learning Opportunity Program. She is a long-term substitute for dance for the Montgomery County Public School System, and is the resident choreographer for Stewartstown United Methodist Church and Susquehannock High School, choreographing their annual musical productions as well. Lacey is very grateful for her ever growing career in dance performance and education, and is excited for the opportunity to work with the students at American Dance Institute!