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McDonald Wilson Dance Academy
#00 Address Location, Calgary, Aberta (403) 286-8119

About Us


The McDonald Wilson Dance Academy has continually served the dance community in Calgary for over 35 years



The McDonald Wilson Dance Academy prides itself in offering a "non-competitive"dance environment. Our strength of purpose is not in competing  with one another but with competing with oneself. Allowing each dance student to ask the question "What will improve my technique, my artistic skill, my performance and most important my attitude?".

The McDonald Wilson Dance Academy strengthens each student's belief in themselves, that they can aspire to becoming greater dancers and greater people. This is demonstrated and platformed through traditional dance examinations and performing. The McDonald Wilson Dance Academy Teachers lead the students to not only learn dance steps to build a dance, but encourage them to execute steps correctly, to achieve, embrace and appreciate the art of dance.

The McDonald Wilson dance Academy's emphasis is on the student and their ability to become greater individuals utilizing the technique and disapline attained through the art and appreciation of dance. Emphasizing "non-competition" therefore highlights the individual value of each and every student, not just a chosen few, which then contributes to the ultimate success as a whole.

Shannon L. Bachynski   A.R.A.D.  R.T.S.

Shannon Bachynski, ARAD RTS, has over 45 years experience in performing, teaching, choreographing and administration in professional dance.

Shannon has owned and operated the McDonald Wilson Dance Academy, a non-competitive dance school,  in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for over 30 years. The McDonald Wilson Dance Academy offers all forms of dance from classical ballet, jazz, tap and modern.

Shannon was trained as a classical ballet dancer and has studied and danced at such institutions as The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and the Banff School of Fine Arts.

Shannon has also studied Dance History, Dance Anatomy and Benesh Notation through the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

As a teacher, choreographer and administrator Shannon has continued studying all forms of dance training and movement through various avenues such as Royal Academy of Dance (London) and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and is recognized as a certified and registered teacher with an ARAD (associate) certification from the Royal Academy of Dance. Mrs. Bachynski is also an accredited teacher of the ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) syllabus.

In 2005, Shannon was appointed by the Head Office of Royal Academy of Dance in London to supervise the Mentors of the students who are enrolled in the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

Shannon has recently written and published a book entitled "Life is a Dance", which deals with a non-competitive philosophy in dance and the arts.