Shannon Glover was born in Durban and began dance training in Johannesburg at age four. She later attended the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg, and was winner of the SA Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition, subsequently representing SA at the international Genée Competition in the UK.
In 2004 she was accepted for South African Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Programme and was subsequently taken into the company. Her versatility and technical abilities lead her to principal roles and in 2011, at her début performance as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, she was promoted to Principal Dancer. Her repertoire includes principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, La Traviata, Cinderella (Veronica Paeper and Iain MacDonald versions), Coppélia, Carmen, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker Re-Imagined, Swan Lake, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet.
She has choreographed a number of works for the company and in 2013 danced in the International Ballet Gala in Honour of Alicia Alonso in Johannesburg.
She danced the title roles in Iain MacDonald’s Snow White in 2017 and Veronica Paeper’s Carmen in 2018. She represented SA at the BRICS summit in China, performing the pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet.
In 2019 she danced the Queen in Snow White at Montecasino and attended a choreographic residency at the Centre for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. On her return she was commissioned to choreograph a new work for Joburg Ballet, I Think, Therefore I Am, which had its premiere in the company’s season of Unbound at Joburg Theatre.
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Photo Lauge Sorensen