Our Gifted Instructors

Here to bring out the Best in your Future Star!!

Tanisha Shelmon

Owner/Artistic Director/Instructor/Choreographer

Jazz * Contemporary * Hip-Hop * Ballet

Ms. Tanisha begin dancing at the early age of 6 years old with an interest in Ballet.  At the age of 12 she begin training and dancing competitively in the styles of Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap.  After she graduated high school she went on to dance competitively for the University of Cincinnati "Bearcat" Dance Team. From their she went on to dance professionally for the WNBA Detroit Shock Woman's Basketball dance team "Shockwave".  She then went on to dance for the NBA Detroit Pistons dance team "Automotion".  After her experiences she was eager to start a Studio and Competitive Dance team here in Toledo.  Partnered with her talented mother they begin Touch A Dream dance studio/company.  Her interdisciplinary training across Classical Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Jazz, Tap and Acrobatics molds powerful dance teams who bring home accolades season after season.

Terri Shelmon

Owner/Director/Instructor/Choreographer

Jazz * Tap* Ballet * Theater

Terri began training in the art of Ballet at the small age of 7 yrs old.  She continued to train in dance throughout high school and also majored in dance in college at the University of Toledo. After college she began a children’s community theater program called Kids for the King which led to her becoming a producer and director of a local television program called The Sonshine Kids. Terri has written, produced and directed several major plays containing cast of 70 to 100 kids and adults.  In 2009 she and her daughter Tanisha Shelmon partnered up to open up Touch A Dream Dance studio. Terri uses her special skills and creative techniques to train some of our youngest dancers.  Her energy, passion and attention to detail has become such a huge pillar to the success of the studio.

Chris Shelmon

Instructor/Choreographer

Hip-Hop 

Strength, finesse and stamina are all part of being an award winning Hip-Hop dancer. Mr. Chris combines rigorous training with innovative choreography to make his dancers shine.  His passion for Hip-Hop, Creativity and Attention to Detail make him one of Toledo's Best!  Chris has trained within Touch A Dream's dance company since the age of 7.  Chris trains in the art of Hip-Hop as well as Contemporary.  Chris's choreography was awarded Top Score, Entry to Nationals and Platinum his very first season as an Instructor.

Brandon Allen

Instructor/Choreographer

Jazz * Contemporary * Tap* Hip-Hop

Brandon's unique style and talent speaks volume on its own.  He begin training within Touch A Dream dance company at the early age of 7.  Brandon specializes in the art of Contemporary, Tap & Hip-Hop.  Brandon was accepted into the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program and had the opportunity to train with them over the summer.  Brandon has begun his first year on staff as an amazing Tap & Contemporary Instructor/ Choreographer.  We are excited about his journey and the amazing talent that he has brought!