The Dancers

Shane Urton

RNZB Mattress Suite with Shane Urton CREDIT Evan Li Shane Urton in Mattress Suite from 2014's Allegro. Credit: Evan Li.

Shane Urton began dancing at the age of 15 in North Carolina, USA. At 16 he was accepted into the dance school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with a focus on ballet. He also trained in contemporary techniques which encouraged his love of all dance and movement-based theatre as well as strengthening his technique.

After graduating in 2009, Shane moved to Chicago where he began his professional career at the Joffrey Ballet. His repertoire with the Joffrey Ballet included roles in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Kurt Joos’ The Green Table, Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31, Lar Lubovitch’s Othello and Yuri Possokhov’s Bells. Shane has choreographed on dancers of the Joffrey Ballet for three consecutive years in Embarc’s A New Movement choreographic fundraiser.  Shane has now created two works on dancers of the RNZB for the Pick’n’Mix performances at Auckland Live and the Italian Embassy’s National Day Gala.

Shane joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in June 2014. His leading roles include Larry Keigwin’s Mattress Suite (2014), Young Scrooge and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Sancho Panza and Cupid in Don Quixote and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During the RNBZB’s 2015 tour to UK and Italy he debuted in the Wedding Couple pas de deux in Giselle.

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