Shannah Hough was born and raised in northern Virginia and began training at the Virginia Ballet Company & School when she was five years old. While ballet was the style of dance she focused on, Shannah also took classes in modern, jazz, flamenco, and character. From 9th grade onwards Shannah was cast as lead roles in full length ballets such as the Nutcracker, Firebird, La Sylphide, and Sleeping Beauty. After graduating high school, she decided to study nursing at Messiah College but still found opportunities to dance. During her freshman year of college Shannah was involved with GiViM, the premiere dance performance ensemble of Messiah College and with Acclamation, the student run dance club. It was in that year when Shannah really started to understand what it meant to worship God through dance and how that looked for her personally. Shannah is excited to be in her first season with EncounteredHeart and to continue learning how she can use dance as a way to reach others with the message of God’s never-ending love.