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    Well Deserved R&R in Nice, France!

    I have a month off to recover from San Francisco Ballet’s tour at the Les Etes de la Danse Festival in Paris. I decided to travel to the south of France with my husband for a week...

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    A Parisian Performance Worth 17 Bows!

    It’s my tenth anniversary with San Francisco ballet and I am celebrating at the Etes de la Danse festival in Paris. My first tour with San Francisco Ballet was here in Paris a decade ago and it...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Shannon Marie Rugani – Back to the Barre!

    First week back from a summer break is always a challenge. There is nothing like wearing pointe shoes all day for the first time in weeks. Ouch! It is hard to kick back in gear and rehearse...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Shannon Marie Rugani – All That Jazz

    After my crazy performance season, I needed a break from ballet. But that doesn’t mean that I need a break from dance! I love taking jazz classes on my summer breaks each year. I have so much...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    Shannon Rugani Shares Her Dressing Room Essentials

    It took me years to figure out exactly what I needed to prepare for performances. Below is my “go to” list of things I like to have on-hand to prepare for performances. I call it my Ballerina...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    Pro Makeup Tips From Shannon Rugani

    Over the years I’ve learned first hand, that the proper makeup during a performance is very important to ensure that you look your very best. When I am performing and sweating onstage, it can be difficult to...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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    Shannon Marie Rugani – Tips on Touring

    Touring is a great way to see the world and to perform in exciting new cities. I have danced all over the world and have made lots of great memories dancing in beautiful theaters, but tours can...

    • Posted 8 months ago
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    Shannon Marie Rugani – Nutcracker Season!

    Like many other children, the Nutcracker was my first experience with ballet. I was only 5-years old. I was so impressed by the gorgeous costumes, beautiful dancing and thrilling music that it inspired me to start dancing....

    • Posted 8 months ago
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    Shannon Marie Rugani – Dealing with Injuries

    Over the years I have had my fair share of injuries and have learned a few tricks to manage them and get back to dancing quickly and even stronger than before. Here are a few tips: Ice...

    • Posted 9 months ago
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    Shannon Marie Rugani’s Secret Cure for Ingrown Toenails

    As if dancing on my toes wasn’t painful enough, I suffered from ingrown toenails for years. It got to the point that I didn’t even know what a healthy toenail was supposed to look like. I saw...

    • Posted 9 months ago
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