Shannon Hurlburt Returns for The Christmas Ballet

Shannon Hurlburt - Tom Hauck - 2007

Shannon Hurlburt in “Bells of Dublin.” Tom Hauck, 2007.

Former Company member Shannon Hurlburt is returning to the stage for select performances of The Christmas Ballet! Shannon will reprise his signature tap-dancing role in “Bells of Dublin.”

“Hurlburt’s tap dance solo to The Chieftains’ ‘Bells of Dublin,’… almost stopped this show Friday, and he led his male colleagues with panache in ‘Belles of Blackville Reel’.”  – San Francisco Chronicle, 2013

Michael once said of Shannon: “Shannon is an incredibly versatile dancer, a real actor, but also so musical. There is a real intelligence in Shannon’s dancing” (San Francisco Chronicle, 2002).

Shannon also choreographed several memorable works for Smuin Ballet, including {a}part, Dumbky, and Max. After sustaining two major injuries which temporarily sidelined him, Hurlburt moved on from dancing full-time with the Company. He is now married to former dancer, Kaleena Opdyke, and they have a son named Oliver. He is currently a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Shannon Hurlburt rehearsing “Bells of Dublin” in the Smuin Ballet studio.


Shannon Hurlburt in Michael Smuin's "Fly Me to the Moon." Marty Sohl, 2009.

Shannon Hurlburt in Michael Smuin’s “Fly Me to the Moon.” Marty Sohl, 2009.

Shannon Hurlburt will be performing “Bells of Dublin” on the following dates:

Mountain View – Center for Performing Arts:
Wednesday, December 9 • 8:00pm
Thursday, December 10 • 8:00pm
Friday, December 11 • 8:00pm
Saturday, December 12 • 8:00pm
Sunday, December 13 • 2:00pm

San Francisco – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts:
Friday, December 18 • 8:00pm
Saturday, December 19 • 8:00pm
Sunday, December 20 • 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 22 • 8:00pm

The Christmas Ballet continues its magic in venues throughout the Bay Area from December 4-27. Learn more and order tickets.


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