Shane Urton began dancing at the age of 15 in North Carolina, USA.

At 16 he was accepted into the dance school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with a focus on ballet. He also trained in contemporary techniques which encouraged his love of all dance and movement-based theatre as well as strengthening his technique. After graduating in 2009, Shane moved to Chicago where he began his professional career at the Joffrey Ballet. His repertoire with the Joffrey Ballet included roles in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Kurt Joos’ The Green Table, Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31, Lar Lubovitch’s Othello and Yuri Possokhov’s Bells.

Shane joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in June 2014.

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