Clare Schellenberg is originally from Michigan, USA, and started her dance training at the Grand Rapids Ballet School at the age of 9. She has spent summers studying on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Boston Ballet School. Clare competed in the 2016 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City.
Clare continued dancing as a trainee at Boston Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet. During this time, she danced corps de ballet roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker, Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan, and Brian Enos’ Alice in Wonderland and was involved in productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. Clare joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in September 2018 and first performed with the company in The Nutcracker choreographed by Val Caniparoli.