We had a moment to catch up with company member, Shane Horan, who joined Ballet Idaho just before The Nutcracker, in December of 2015.
Ballet Idaho: How long have you been dancing and what got you started?
Shane: I’ve been dancing since I was 4 years old. I immediately fell in love with ballet when I first saw The Nutcracker, and since then it’s been the only thing I’ve dreamed of doing. So getting to be a professional ballet dancer is pretty special.
Ballet Idaho: What are your influences?
Shane: I’m greatly influenced by the New York City Ballet. It’s my favorite ballet company and I think the diversity of movement as well as the Balanchine style is definitely something I aspire to bring to my dancing.
How was it joining the company late in the season?
Shane: It was kind of nerve-wracking joining the season late. I mean this is my first professional job, so I was initially nervous about jumping right in with new people and having to learn Nutcracker rather quickly. However, everyone here is really supportive and encouraging, which made the transition much easier and very enjoyable.
Ballet Idaho: What has been your favorite role of your dance career thus far?
Shane: I really loved dancing in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in Wonderland) when I was in the Second Company at Kansas City Ballet. It challenged me in many ways, but the movement was beautiful and very fun to dance.
Ballet Idaho: What are you most excited about this season with Ballet Idaho?
Shane: I think I’m most excited for Valse Fantaisie this season. I may not dance in this ballet since there’s only one male role, but Balanchine is my all-time favorite choreographer. So to have the Balanchine stagers teach company class, and to see the progress of the ballet coming together will be an exciting experience for me.
Ballet Idaho: How do you spend your time out of the studio?
Shane: Outside of the studio I’m generally relaxing in some way or form. I try to hit the gym as frequently as I can, but when I’m not I like to hang out with fellow dancers and watch some movies, or go shopping. As dancers we work our bodies so much throughout the work week, it’s extremely important to make sure we rest when we can.
See Shane next on stage in Sinatra and More, February 19 and 20 at Morrison Center.