Shannon Glover (CBA ’19) was born in Durban, South Africa, and began dance training in Johannesburg at the age of four. She later attended the National School of the Arts and was winner of the South African Adeline Genée Silver Trophy Competition and represented South Africa at the international Genée Competition in Birmingham, England. In 2004 Shannon Glover was accepted for the South African Ballet Theatre’s (later Joburg Ballet) Graduate Programme and subsequently taken into the company. Her repertoire includes leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, La Traviata, Cinderella, Coppélia, Carmen, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker Re-Imagined, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Giselle as well as many shorter and one-act ballets by South African and visiting choreographers, showcasing her versatile artistry in both classical and contemporary Styles. Shannon Glover has choreographed a number of works for Joburg Ballet, most recently Big City, Big Dreams in which she collaborated with two choreographers from other Johannesburg-based dance companies on this full-evening work. In 2013, she danced in the International Ballet Gala in Honour of Alicia Alonso in Johannesburg and has also danced in two international galas to raise funds for feeding programmes in Ethiopia. As a guest artist she has performed with the Tivoli Ballet Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2017, she represented South Africa at a gala to mark the BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen, dancing a pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet with fellow South African Revil Yon. Shannon Glover was recently featured as one of CNN’s African Voices.
Joburg Ballet nominated Shannon to serve as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow in Spring 2019.
The Artistic Partnership Initiative is a joint initiative between The Center and major professional dance companies around the world to advance the art of choreography. The API Fellowship gives artists selected by the companies the full resources of The Center and NYU for a 3-4 week residency to develop new work.