Shannon Kaminski was born and raised in Lombard, Illinois. She is a Public Relations major at Ball State University, has been on the Code Red Dance Team, as well as the Outlet Hip Hop Troupe. Shannon began competing with Steppin' Out Dance Co. at the age of six in Downers Grove, IL. She has studied under Donna Johnson and Ashley DeForest-Goletz. She was a Chicago Human Rhythm Project scholarship recipient for many years, where she studied under some of the great masters of tap. At the age of 16 she began choreographing competition routines, where she earned multiple first place titles. Over the years she has both choreographed and earned National First Place Soloist titles as well as National Duet/Trio titles. She has worked for BRAVO! Dance Competitions, and has traveled across states to teach workshops.