Shannon Marie Rugani – Knowing Your Strengths

By on June 30, 2013

ShannonStrengths_06-20-13_MAINIn a large company like SFB, every dancer has a different strength and their own unique style of dancing. Each dancer is cast in each performance according to their personal strengths. I spent the beginning of my career struggling to figure out my identity as a dancer and focused on the strengths of other dancers in the company. Although, I learned a lot from watching, I knew I would never transform into anyone else.

Almost overnight my career started changing.

A few years ago a friend asked me if I knew what my strengths were? He could tell by the look on my face that I had no clue.

He said “you can’t hit a target if you’re not aiming for one. You see Shannon, you have to know your assets and strengthen your strengths in order to become the best version of you.”

I took his advice and made a list of everything I was good at and started focusing on my strengths. Almost overnight my career started changing. I was suddenly cast in the best roles in my favorite ballets and was getting compliments on how well I was dancing in them. I was getting better and better because I was focussing on my strengths and accumulating more of them.

I learned that when I focus on my strengths, my weaknesses disappear. 

I credit this process for my transformation into the dancer that I am today and truly believe that this was the stepping stone I needed in order to get to the next stage of my career. I learned that when I focus on my strengths, my weaknesses disappear. While I am always striving to be a better dancer, I now enjoy the journey and am happy being myself. I encourage you to do the same.

 

 

About Shannon Marie Rugani

After dancing with the San Francisco Ballet for eleven years, Shannon Marie Rugani is currently making her Broadway debut as an original ensemble member in An American In Paris and is the understudy for Lise Dassin. Shannon is a native California girl hailing from South Lake Tahoe, California and has been in love with ballet since she was six years old.

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