Shannon Quirk, from Orange, California, began her classical training with Orange County Regional Ballet and continued her studies at the University of California, Irvine where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance. During her tenure, she worked with distingushed faculty members David Allen, Evelyn Cisneros, Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, and Donald McKayle and performed various works by William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, and Molly Lynch. After graduating, she worked with Pasadena Dance Theatre under the direction of Cynthia Young and Laurence Blake. Additional training also includes Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Austin. This is her fourth season with Madison Ballet.