Sharon Wehner

Biography

Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California.  She began dancing at the age of three and received her primary training from Paul Curtis and Shawn Stuart at San Jose Dance Theatre, as well as with Jody White and David Roxander at Dance Theatre Seven.

Sharon joined Colorado Ballet in 1995, and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1999.  She has performed numerous principle roles with the company, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Medora in Le Corsaire, Mina in Dracula, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia, the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Cowgirl in Rodeo, the Principal in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Rubies, and Theme and Variations, Twyla Tharpe’s In the Upper Room, and Anthony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading.   She has also been honored to collaborate with many extraordinary contemporary choreographers, premiering roles in works by Amy Seiwart, Val Caniparoli, Mathew Neenan, Christopher Wheeldon, Sonya Delwaide, Graham Lustig, Robert Moses, Edward Liiang, Darrel Grand-Moultrie, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, and Toru Shimazaki.

Sharon also dances with the Oakland Ballet, joining them for their Spring Repertory Seasons in 2011, 2013, and 2014.  Additionally, she has been a guest artist with the Washington Ballet, the National Ballet of Japan, the Yellowstone Ballet, Amy Seiwart’s Imagery, and Burke Civic Ballet.  She has performed in the Vail International Dance Festival Gala Evening, as well as the Aoyama Ballet Festival and Golden Ballet Co-Star Gala in Japan.

In addition to performing, Sharon enjoys teaching Dance to students of all ages and abilities.  In 2011, Sharon received her certification as a teacher for Dance For Parkinsons Disease (DFPD).  Together with her husband, Brandon “Private” Freeman, and the Parkinsons Association of the Rockies, she has been instrumental in developing the first DFPD classes offered in Colorado.  Entitled “Rhythm and Grace,” these unique classes offer a physical, social, and creative outlet for people suffering from PD, as well as for their family and caregivers.  Through music and movement, PD students are given the opportunity to uncover their inner dancers and find a greater sense of balance, coordination, lightness and grace.  Sharon is inspired by her students, and honored to be a facilitator in their discovery of Dance.

Sharon is also a Reiki Master.  Her experience in Dance has led to an deep interest in energy medicine.   The holistic nature of Dance and its natural integration of mind, body and spirit are in close relationship to Eastern and energetic health philosophies.  Sharon enjoys practicing Reiki on both dancers and non-dancers alike, to facilitate greater health and well-being.

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Sharon Wehner

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Colorado Ballet
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Co 80204

Professional Performing Experience

Colorado Ballet (1995-present), Principal Dancer

Principal Roles

Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanilda in Coppelia (Fredmann, and Boggs), Giselle in Giselle (Petipa), Kitri in Don Quixote (Petipa), Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Petipa), Esmerelda in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Michael Pink), Mina in Dracula (Michael Pink), Medora in Le Corsaire (Eldar Aliev, Anne-Marie Holmes), Who Cares (Balanchine), Stars and Stripes (Balanchine), Rubies (Balanchine), Theme and Variations (Balanchine), The Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker (Fredmann), The Leaves are Fading (Tudor), Echoing of Trumpets (Tudor), The Cowgirl in Rodeo (DeMille), Talisman (Petipa), In the Upper Room (Tharpe), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Domi Reiffer-Soffer), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wheeldon), Feast of the Gods (Liang)

 

Soloist Roles

Clara, Dewdrop, Arabian in Nutcracker (Fredmann), Pink and Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto, Sinatra Songs (Tharpe), Tinker Belle in Peter Pan (Pink), A Little Love (Fredmann), Between Shadows (Shimazaki), Façade (Ashton), Flower Festival (Bournenville), Smile With My Heart (Lar Lubovich), Celts (Lila York), The River (Ailey), Embellish (Jody Gates), Archetypes (Emery LeCrone), In Pieces (Val Caniparoli), The Far-Away (Mathew Neenan)

 

Ensemble/Contemporary Works

Straight Line to Never (Dwight Rhoden), Without Words (Toru Shimazaki), From Foreign Lands…(Jessica Lang), Eventually (Brian Reeder), additional works by Rennie Harris, Darrell Grand-Moultrie, Amy Siewart, Gregory Gonzales, Tom Teague, Andrew Thompson, Brian Reeder, Val Caniparoli

 

Oakland Ballet (2011-present)

Featured roles in Vista, Pulcinella, Words within Words (Graham Lustig), Rocky Road and  “…” (Sonya Delwaide), Les Biches (Amy Seiwart).  Additional Ensemble work by Robert Moses.

Guest Appearances

2005-present Burke Civic Ballet—Nutcracker

2011 The Washington Ballet, (Medora in Le Corsaire), Director Septime Webre

2010 Zikr Sacred Dance Ensemble, Director David Taylor

2009 Amy Seiwart’s Imagery

1996, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 Golden Ballet Co-Star Gala, National Ballet Association of Japan

2005 Vail International Ballet Festival Gala

1996, 1998, 2001, 2009 Golden Ballet Co-Star Gala, National Ballet Association of Japan

1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 Aoyama Ballet Festival, Japan

2000, 2001, 2002 Ballet Arte

Teaching

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson Association of the Rockies (2011-present)

Colorado Ballet (2005-present)

The Dancer’s Advantage (2010-present)

International Ballet School (2009)

Burke Civic Ballet (master classes: 2007, 2008)

Ballet Arte (master classes: 2002, 2003)

The Dance Center of Colorado Springs (master classes: 2007, 2008, 2010)

Training

1991-1995 Dance Theatre Seven, David Roxander and Jody White

1987-1995 San Jose Dance Theatre Company

1986-1988 Kathleen Barton and Gloria Mohr

1978-1986 South Bay Ballet Academy, Gloria Piombi

Summer Programs

1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 San Francisco Ballet

1990 Pacific Northwest Ballet

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