A Warm Welcome Back to Shannon Hurlburt!

"Belle of Dublin" - The Christmas Ballet

Shannon in Michael Smuin’s “Bells of Dublin” – The Christmas Ballet

We are so pleased to have Smuin Ballet veteran Shannon Hurlburt back on stage with us in his signature role, “The Bells of Dublin” in this year’s XXmas The Christmas Ballet.

Shannon Hurlburt in Smuin's "Fly Me to the Moon" Photo: Marty Sohl

In Smuin’s “Fly Me to the Moon” Photo: Marty Sohl

Originally from Glens Falls, NY, Shannon received his BS in Dance from Skidmore College. Upon graduation, he accepted a contract with the Hartford Ballet, under the direction of Kirk Peterson, for two seasons prior to joining Smuin Ballet where he has been a member of the company since 1998! If you have taken in a season with Smuin Ballet, then you have definitely seen his sensational and dynamic dancing that always amazes the audience.






Smuin's "Zorro" Photo: Chris Stewart

In Smuin’s “Zorro” Photo: Chris Stewart

Some of Shannon’s favorite roles include, “The Movie Usher” from Zorro, “Puppet Tango” from Frankie and Johnny, “The Bells of Dublin” (The Christmas Ballet), “Don Jose” in Bob Sund’s Carmen, “Penny Lane” (with John Bayless playing live), To The Beatles, many exce rpts from Dancin’ with Gershwin, which he will reprise this Spring in our XXcentric Program.



With former Smuin dancer Olivia Ramsay in "Dancin' with Gershiw" Photo: Marty Sohl

With former Smuin dancer Olivia Ramsay, in “Dancin’ with Gershwin” Photo: Marty Sohl

Over the years, in addition to performing, he enjoyed the opportunities to choreograph a handful of memorable works for Smuin Ballet; a few that you might remember include, {a}partDumbky, and Max³. Shannon has also choreographed on the Jewish Community High School for their productions of Anything Goes, and Pippin. He also enjoys teaching and guest performing throughout the Bay Area and is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.



Shannon and his wife, Kaleena on their wedding day in 2009

Shannon and his wife, Kaleena on their wedding day in 2009

When he is not impressing the audiences with his dazzling dancing, Shannon likes to spend time with his beautiful wife Kaleena. They are excited to announce that they’re expecting their first child at the end of March 2014.


With former Smuin dancer Janessa Touchet in "Fly Me to the Moon" Photo: Marty Sohl

With former Smuin dancer Jessica Touchet in “Fly Me to the Moon” Photo: Marty Sohl







After recovering from a foot injury that he sustained in September 2012, Shannon is thrilled to be back on stage and wowing audiences with his remarkable tap dancing skills in The Christmas Ballet, that plays the Bay Area until December 28th.


“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’.”  – SF Chronicle  2013

** Written by Darren Anderson Smuin Ballet’s Community Relations Manager

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