Shaina, from Sussex County, NJ, started dancing at age 8 at Branchville Dance Centre. Shaina has attended summer intensives at The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Chautauqua Institution, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet School. At age 13, Shaina was invited by Ethan Stiefel to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When she returned to New York, she joined The Joffrey Ballet School as a trainee, and a year later was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson. She has performed principal roles in various ballets, including Balanchine’s Serenade and Valse Fantaisie, and Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, Light Rain, Kettentanz, Suite Saint-Saens and Viva Vivaldi. Shaina has had the opportunity to perform at the Florence Dance Festival in Florence Italy and The 60 anniversary of the Beijing Dance Academy.
- Hometown: Sussex County, NJ
- Dancing Since: Age 8
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 2
- Favorite choreographer: Gerald Arvpino
- Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
- Favorite performance of the season: Fall works is the performance I am looking forward to the most this year. I’m very excited to work with all of the choreographers, and it will be my first performance with Charlotte Ballet.
- Favorite thing to do on a day off: Catch up with friends over coffee