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Shannon Marie Rugani

Shannon Marie Rugani

Shannon Marie Rugani (© David Allen)

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Lake Tahoe, California

Company Membership:

Named apprentice in 2004. Joined in 2005.

Born in Lake Tahoe, California, Shannon Marie Rugani trained at San Francisco Ballet School prior to being named an apprentice in 2004. She joined the Company in 2005.

Rugani has performed principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Solo Wili and Bathilde), Nutcracker (all 30 shows in 2012), The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake; Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (Ellida Wangel) and Tears (principal); Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (Countess Sybille); Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring (soloist); Robbins’ Glass Pieces (soloist) and West Side Story Suite (Anita); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Stepmother Hortensia), Ghosts (soloist), and Within the Golden Hour (soloist). 

Her repertory also includes Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Chi-Lin, Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, and Prism; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Balanchine’s Agon, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (2nd and 4th movements), “Diamonds,” Divertimento No. 15, “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Scotch Symphony, Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Bintley’s The Dance House; Cranko’s Onegin; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Kudelka’s The Ruins Proclaim The Building Was Beautiful; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II; de Mille’s Rodeo; Morris’ Sylvia, Maelstrom, and Sandpaper Ballet; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Possokhov’s Firebird (Little Princesses) and Francesca da Rimini; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, From Foreign Lands (Italian, Polish, and Hungarian), and Shostakovich Trilogy (Chamber Symphony); Robbins’ The Concert and Dybbuk; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and Number Nine.

Rugani created an ensemble role in Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France, in 2014, and in 2015 at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. As a guest artist, Rugani danced the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty at Bayer Ballet Company’s Summer Dance Carousel in 2010 and performed for Jill Mattson’s Classical Ballet at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. She choreographed for and performed in the short films American Overture and Prima; the latter was nominated for the Tribeca Short Film Festival in 2012.

In 2009 Rugani was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her performance as Anita in Robbins’ West Side Story Suite.


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