Shawnna studied at Brigham Young University, the world’s leading ballroom dance programme, before going on to direct and develop programmes of her own at three universities across the States as well as tour and compete professionally.
After marrying her professional dance partner, Leonardo Michalek, her career brought her to London where she spent two years studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as part of the MFA Dance programme.
Shawnna has a passion for dance and programme development and is excited for her new challenges and endeavours as the Head of Dance at City Academy.
Originally from Argentina, Leonardo studied at Brigham Young University where he was an integral part of the Ballroom Dance Touring Company.
From Blackpool, England to Europe, China and South Africa, Leonardo has had the opportunity to travel the world dancing, competing and performing. He married his professional dance partner, Shawnna Cope, and together they have directed and developed ballroom dance programmes before moving to London to continue their adventures.