A day in the life of Joburg ballet dancer Shannon Glover


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Ballet isn’t just tutus and twirls — it’s where athleticism, creativity, art and discipline meet. Behind the graceful lifts and seemingly effortless pirouettes are thousands of hours of single-minded practice.

For Joburg Ballet principal dancer Shannon Glover, training began at just four years old and she started performing as a graduate dancer in 2004. Fifteen years later, her intense six-day work week comprises a tight schedule of rehearsal, choreography and teaching. 

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Lunch breaks are eaten up by tirelessly running through corrections and memorising complex routines, a bit of yoga in between to restore balance and two weekly sessions with a biokineticist. Her training kit of choice? The Superbalist Sport range, made for however you choose to move.

Shannon and her team of Joburg Ballet dancers are in the middle of intense training for their next big production, Unbound — the company’s latest production that’s challenging the boundaries of how ballet is perceived. The show is a collection of four distinct neoclassical ballets, one of which is a world premiere choreographed by Kitty Phetla called Wakanda, which explores the fictional African country ruled by Black Panther. Another world premiere sees Shannon choreographing her own ballet, switching between dancer and rehearsal director in I Think, Therefore I Am.

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Itching for an Unbound teaser? We captured Joburg Ballet’s dancers in a studio rehearsal through the eyes of Shannon, wearing our functional and versatile Superbalist Sport range.

Want more? Catch Unbound at Joburg Theatre from 5 to 14 July. Tickets from R100. Book at webtickets.co.za.

In partnership with Joburg Ballet.

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