Shannon Marie Rugani
Shannon Marie Rugani (© David Allen)
Lake Tahoe, California
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 featured roles in Tomasson’s 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); Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (Countess Sybille); Robbins’ West Side Story Suite (Anita); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Stepmother Hortensia) and Within the Golden Hour.
Her repertory also includes Balanchine’s “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; de Mille’s Rodeo; Morris’ Sylvia and Sandpaper Ballet; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Possokhov’s Firebird, Francesca da Rimini, and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Robbins’ The Concert, Dybbuk, and Glass Pieces; Tomasson’s Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Chi-Lin, Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, and Prism; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and Number Nine.
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.