Shannon Bynum has danced many leading roles with Ballet San Jose including La Chef Bandit in Roland Petit’s Carmen, The Fairy Godmother and Winter Fairy in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, The Mistress of Ceremonies in Graduation Ball and “That’s Life” in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, among others. Additional roles include the Italian Fouette solo in Paquita, Swanilda’s friend in Coppélia, Spain in both Dennis Nahat’s and Karen Gabay’s productions of The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Who Cares?, The Gypsy Woman in Wes Chapman’s staging of Don Quixote and Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop to name a few.
Ms. Bynum toured with Ballet San Jose to China and Cleveland, has been a guest artist at Festival Del Sole in Napa, Margaret Wingrove Dance, Pointe of Departure, MKF Altered Modalities, Dancers Responding to Aids, the Rawson Project Contemporary Ballet and performed with Opera San Jose in 2010 and 2011.
Born in the Bay Area and raised in the Silicon Valley, Ms. Bynum made her Ballet San Jose debut in 2006 after receiving her training at many schools throughout the Bay Area and with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre schools. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.