• My beau and I don't even call what she does "lessons." We call them dance dates - because what Shannon is offering goes way beyond learning to dance. She is helping us find more intimacy, connection, and joy in our relationship.


  • None of us had any ballroom dancing experience and Shannon only had four months to teach 18 teenagers two full dance routines. In the end the routines were great because Shannon was so good at teaching us difficult moves in a simple way.


  • Shannon knows how to make the atmosphere casual and comfortable, and her excellent sense of humor often comes into play in her instructions. Laughter is a big part of the experience!

    -Anne & Martin

  • She's like a gypsy, arriving at our door to bring us color and music and movement - bringing us to life in a new way.

    -Sherry & Ian


Shannon Bowen
Dance Instructor and Choreographer

Shannon fell in love with the elegance and spontaneity of ballroom dance at age fourteen when she began swing dancing. For the next eight years, she trained, competed and performed all styles of ballroom dance: Swing, International Style Smooth (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep & Viennese Waltz), International Latin (Rhumba, Salsa, Cha-Cha), andCountry Western. After winning several Gold level competitions and performing with various groups, she switched her focus to teaching.

Shannon discovered a passion and a talent for teaching beginner dancers at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in San Antonio, Texas. However, she also realized that students feel more comfortable when they learn in their own homes,as opposed to a studio, which inspired her to provide private dance instruction.

Since coming to the Bay Area, Shannon has been teaching people how to feel confident dancing socially. Her company, Unforgettable Elegance, specializes in private lessons and choreography for weddings and cotillions.

Shannon combines her 10 plus years of experience with her passion and talent to create unique unforgettable routines and to inspire a life-long love of dancing. This is not your typical stuffy ballroom lesson. Shannon's lessons are filled with laughter and fun that leave you feeling confident and excited to dance!