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Corps de Ballet

Natasha Sheehan

Natasha Sheehan

Biography

  • BORN

    San Francisco, California

  • TRAINING

    American Ballet Theatre (summer program)
    School of American Ballet (summer program)
    Paris Opera Ballet School (summer program)
    San Francisco Ballet School
    San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program

  • COMPANY MEMBERSHIP

    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2016

Natasha Sheehan has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Ballerina Doll and Spanish), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora—Act 3 excerpt, Fairy of Serenity, and Enchanted Princess/Bluebird), and Swan Lake (Act 1 pas de trois and Cygnets); as well as Thatcher’s Foragers. Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Diamonds, Serenade (Russian corps), and Stravinsky Violin Concerto; Tomasson’s Haffner Symphony and On a Theme of Paganini; Scarlett’s Frankenstein; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spring corps). She created corps de ballet roles in King’s The Collective Agreement, Liang’s The Infinite Ocean, and Lopez Ochoa’s Guernica.

As a student, Natasha performed Company roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Wilis), Nutcracker (Snowflakes and Flowers), and Swan Lake (Cygnets and Swans); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Small Driads); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Brides); Cranko’s Onegin; and Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II. She danced the role of Clara in Tomasson’s Nutcracker for two seasons.

Natasha won the award for best female dancer at The International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize in November 2016. At the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix, in the Junior category, she placed 1st for Classical and 3rd for Contemporary at the San Francisco semifinals, and she placed in the top 20 at finals in New York City. In 2011–2012 she received the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Angelina Ballerina Scholarship and performed at the Dizzy Feet Gala in Los Angeles, California.

Q&A

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COSTUME? WHY?

Traditional tutus from story ballets such as Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. There are so many beautiful, delicate details with each tutu carrying its own history. Juliet's costume from Romeo & Juliet is also exquisite because of its movement quality.

WHAT'S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BEING A DANCER THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

The ability to make something super difficult seem easy and how much time and effort goes into one performance.

WHAT CAN ALWAYS MAKE YOU LAUGH?

My dog and funny videos online. My sisters, who always cheer me up and tease relentlessly.