Extended Gallery: Ballerina Grace Shibley

by Joni Kabana

Grace Shibley is now a star of the San Francisco Ballet. She’s also been featured in Oregon Bride.

We got to know her while she was part of Oregon Ballet Theatre, and 1859 photographer Joni Kabana shot this gallery, way back in 2013.

I have always wanted to peek into the life of a real dancer. How do they move when doing mundane tasks like shopping at the market? Do they do anything other than practice dance? What music do they like? Can they dance without the discipline of choreography? Do they ever come down from their grand leaps of grace?

For the last few years, I have been photographing the Oregon Ballet Theatre’s dancers for their marketing material. When 1859 asked me to follow a dancer for a few months, I jumped at the chance.

Grace Shibley, a native Oregonian, exudes all of the qualities that we think of when we watch a professional ballet dancer: ever-present poise, acute awareness of nuances in her surroundings, a devotion to precision and a disciplined mind.

Here is a glimpse of her life, as she lives it. Full of grace.

All photos by Joni Kabana

Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley
Grace Shibley

Oregon Musician: Anna Tivel

Hippie Oregon

In Oregon I Learned to Live

Share
Published by
admin

Recent Posts

Four Faves for Donuts—Don’t be so square!

            written by Jen Stevenson NOLA DOUGHNUTS Mardi Gras is just a king-cake-splattered March memory,…

1 month ago

Enviro-Breweries for a better world

written by Jeremy Storton I sat typing away at my keyboard one wintry day at a local brewery. A beautiful,…

1 month ago

Best places for a bountiful brunch

BEST PLACES FOR BOUNTIFUL BRUNCHING HUNNYMILK With both a West Burnside brick and mortar and an eastside weekends-only pop-up, this…

1 month ago

Modern Outdoor Finds—Make your patio pop with these products

    If you need an update for a decrepit picnic table, try the Aviara Aluminum Rectangular Dining Table from…

1 month ago

DIY Concrete Planter

illustrated by Esther Loopstra AS ANYONE WHO HAS EVER STROLLED through the nursery knows, outdoor pots can add up. Try…

1 month ago

A timber-frame outdoor pavilion draws a West Linn family outside

written by Melissa Dalton An Outdoor Pavilion, rustic and accommodating When Daniel Harkavy and his wife bought their West Linn…

1 month ago