Wehner Sharon

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Classical Ballet / Apprentice

Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California. She trained with Jody White and David Roxander, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and San Jose/Cleveland Ballet. She joined Colorado Ballet in 1995, when she began her 14-year partnership with former Colorado Ballet Principal Koichi Kubo. This long partnership enabled Ms. Wehner a steady evolution with the Company, as well as the opportunity to dance in several galas and ballet festivals around the world including the Vail International Dance Festival Gala, the Aoyama Ballet Festival in Tokyo and the Golden Ballet Co-Star in Japan. Ms. Wehner was promoted to Principal in 1999, and in the last 15 years, has performed many lead roles with the Company. Ms. Wehner loves dancing with Colorado Ballet because of its combination of a strong emphasis on classical technique mixed with a wide range of contemporary, classical, neoclassical and dramatic repertory. She loves being challenged to meet the range of styles, from pure classism to new modern-influenced movement. Some of Ms. Wehner’s favorite classical roles include Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Favorite neo-classical roles include the Principal couples in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and Rubies, as well as Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading. One aspect of Colorado Ballet that excites Ms. Wehner year after year is the opportunity to work one-on-one with choreographers, creating new pieces. For her, this creative process is one of the most fulfilling parts of being a dancer. She has been excited to have solos and pas de deauxs created on her by choreographers Edwaard Liang, Christopher Wheeldon, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Brian Reeder,and Toru Shimazaki. Perhaps the most fulfilling aspect as an artist and dancer for Ms. Wehner is the opportunity to touch audiences with ballets of drama and theatricality. Her favorite roles are those that speak to the human condition. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to delve into such dramatic roles like Giselle, Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mina in Dracula, the Cowgirl in Rodeo, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, the Young Girl in Echoing of Trumpets, and, her all-time favorite, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

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