Shannon Lily Parker
Shannon started her professional career with the San Francisco Ballet. She moved through the ranks from corps de ballet to principal artist, where she danced in many of the company's classical and contemporary repertoire. Her leading roles include Princess Aurora and The Bluebird Pas de Deux in Helgi Thomason's “Sleeping Beauty,” The Ballerina in Jerome Robbins “The Concert,” leading roles in William Forsythe's “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated” and “New Sleep,” Glen Tetley's “Tagore” and Paul Taylor’s “Company B.”
Whilst with the Company, Ms. Parker took part in many creations with the likes of David Bintley, Mark Morris, and Helgi Tomasson, as well as having danced extensively in the Balanchine repertoire. Principal roles include, Tarantella, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Rubies, Serenade, Third and Fourth movement in “Symphony in C, Who Cares?”, and Bugaku, to name just a few. In 1994, she joined Northern Ballet Theatre. Her lead roles include Juliet in Massimo Marricones’ “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as the Niece and Belle in Marricones’ “A Christmas Carol,” Mina from “Dracula,” title role and Stepsister from “Cinderella,” Odette and Odile from “Swan Lake,” the title role in “Giselle,” and Kitri in “Don Quixote,” creations and choreography by Christopher Gable and Michael Pink. She also created the role of Anne Bronte as well as danced the role of Charlotte Bronte in Gillian Lynnes’ “The Brontes.”
In 1999, Shannon ended her career with Ballet Du Rhin in France after five years of dancing all of the company's leading roles. They include Odette and Russian Pas de Deux from Bertrand D'Ats’ “Swan Lake,” the title role and Peasant Pas de Deux from Maina Gielgud's “Giselle,” “Steptext” and “Vile Parody of Address” from Forsythe, lead Duet from Tetley's “Voluntaries,” Lucinda Childs’ “Mandarin, Dance and Chamber Symphony,” “Grosse Fuge” by Hans van Manen and lastly, Jiri Kylian's “Stomping Ground.”
Davide Bombana created many roles for Ms. Parker. Some of those include, “Aus de Ferne,” “Beyond Skin,” “Woyzeck,” the Pas de Deux in “Agon,” and both Title roles in “Concert Barocco,” by Balanchine. While with Ballet du Rhin, Shannon's husband, Peter Parker created two Ballets, “Bitter Harvest,” and “Bird in the Hand,” in which she danced. Nine months after retiring, Ms. Parker was asked to return to Ballet du Rhin to re-create the role of Odette in D'Ats’ “Swan Lake.” She has since been teaching at DeBurnay's dance school, and is currently teaching at Northern Ballet School, as well as Northern Ballet Theatre, teaching the pre-professional division and the Intermediate and Senior Associates. In addition to teaching, Shannon also choreographs and runs Ballet workshops in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Parker was invited to guest teach in DTI's Summer 2010 and 2011 and is extremely excited to take part in working with the San Jose Youth Ballet and DTI Repertory Company.
Shannon lives in Ollerton England with her husband Peter and their two children, Jamie Rose and Tristan John Henry.