Shane Wuerthner (© Chris Hardy)
San Francisco, CA
Joined in 2012.
San Francisco native Shane Wuerthner trained at San Francisco Ballet School and at Washington, D.C.’s Kirov Academy. He performed with Vienna State Opera Ballet as a corps de ballet member and demi-soloist before being promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2012. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2013.
At Vienna State Opera Ballet, Wuerthner performed such principal roles as Albrecht in Tschernischova’s Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Nureyev’s Swan Lake, and Prince Florimund in Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty. His diverse repertory includes works by Balanchine, Cranko, Elo, Kylian, Neumeier, Tharp, and Zanella.
Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Wuerthner has danced principal and soloist roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (King of the Snow and Arabian), Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements (third pas de deux), Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring (principal), Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Fates), Lifar’s Suite en Blanc (pas de trois), Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (pas de quatre), and Robbins’ In the Night (second pas de deux). He has also danced Cranko’s Onegin and Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands.
As a guest artist, Wuerthner performed at various events in Vienna, including New Year’s Eve concerts and opera balls. In 2003, he received the Nikolai Morozov Scholarship for Outstanding Artistic Merit.