Cara Shipman

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Cara Shipman came to Texas Ballet Theater through the 2013 Summer Intensive Program. Originally from New Jersey, she began her training at New Jersey School of Ballet. After studying at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, she was chosen to join the GKA Studio Company. Career role highlights include “Odalisques” in Marius Petipa’s Le Corsaire, Arthur Saint-Léon’s La Vivandiere and performing in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Cara is excited to begin her third season with TBT.

Where are you from?
Madison, New Jersey

When did you begin dancing?
3 years old

Why did you begin dancing?
I love using movement to express myself

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Swan Lake

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty/garland dance

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How easy it is to take it for granted. This isn’t a typical job; don’t let it become that.

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
An American in Paris

What is your most memorable vacation?
Family vacation in Italy

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?

What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
Spending time at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
New York Giants

If you could drive any car, what would it be?
Porsche 911 Turbo

If you could a have vacation home, where would it be?
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My first Russian teacher, Era Jouravlev

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Passion and courage