Cara Shipman

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Shipman, originally from New Jersey, came to Texas Ballet Theater through the 2013 Texas Ballet Theater School Summer Intensive Program. After studying at the New Jersey School of Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School, she was chosen to join the Gelsey Kirkland Academy Studio Company. Career role highlights include William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances and Rooster, and Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Dracula. This is Shipman’s seventh season with Texas Ballet Theater.

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?
2013

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?
I love the food industry, from trying new restaurants to dabbling in cooking and baking. It would be cool to go into that field in some form.

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
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