Shené Lazarus

Corps de Ballet

Shene Lazarus

Shené Lazarus. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

Quick Facts

Born: Durban, South Africa
Trained: Prudence Bowen Atelier in Sydney, Australia and San Francisco Ballet School
Joined as Corps de Ballet: 2019


Five Things to Know

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  2. Shené is a great baker. Her speciality is banana bread and almond cake. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she used her extra time to launch a popular Instagram account for her creations. 
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  5. Shené studied drama and acting as a child and moved away from her family at age 12 to train professionally for ballet. She has lived in four different countries to date: Durban, South Africa; Brisbane, Australia; San Francisco, US; and now Toronto, Canada. 
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  9. In 2014, Shené competed in Prix de Lausanne in 2014 which is how her career started in San Francisco.
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  12. Her repertoire with the National Ballet includes The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Etudes, The Dreamers Ever Leave You and Orpheus Alive. 
  14. The way you pronounce her name is “Shen-nay” which is actually also a ballet step but spelt differently! So, when a new choreographer asks for her name they always say without fail, “Shené like the ballet step?”.


Favourite Ballets

  1. 1La Bayadère 
  3. 2La Fille mal gardée 
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  6. 3Diamonds from Jewels
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  9. Cinderella (Christopher Wheeldon)
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  12. Coppélia (George Balanchine)