Founder of, Athletistry

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SHANE WUERTHNER is an esteemed figure in the world of ballet, having enjoyed a successful career as a professional dancer before transitioning to leadership roles in the industry.

His career trajectory is testament to his talent, dedication, and vision for the future of ballet.

Wuerthner’s dance journey began at The Kirov Academy of Ballet, where he graduated top of his class in 2004. His exceptional skill and artistry were recognised by several prestigious companies, including San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, and Vienna State Ballet.

Wuerthner accepted the offer from Vienna State Ballet and joined as a corps de ballet member in 2005. His talent did not go unnoticed, and he rose through the ranks to become a soloist.

In 2012, he made a significant move to The San Francisco Ballet as a soloist, showcasing his ability to adapt and excel in different environments.


In 2014, Wuerthner joined Queensland Ballet as a Soloist, and his unwavering commitment and consistent performances led to his promotion to Principal in 2015.

However, his ambitions extended beyond performance, and he retired from ballet in 2017 to begin a career as a personal trainer.

His knowledge of dancer conditioning and passion for fitness quickly made him a sought-after figure in this field. Notably, he was named Personal Trainer of the Year before he had even completed a year as a trainer.

Wuerthner’s experience in fitness led him to establish Athletistry Personal Training, a venture that focused on adult ballet coaching and holistic movement practices. Building on the success of this venture, he launched Athletistry Studio, which marked his return to the ballet world in an administrative capacity.

As Artistic Director of Athletistry Studio, Wuerthner brought his unique perspective as a former professional dancer and personal trainer, resulting in a holistic approach to training and performance.

In 2022, Wuerthner took Athletistry into the digital realm, shifting to online coaching. This move demonstrated his ability to adapt to the changing landscape of the arts and fitness industries.

The venture quickly gained traction, growing a social media following of nearly 70k from September 2022 onwards. Today, Athletistry reaches an international audience with coaching, workshops, and guidance in ballet and fitness, a testament to Wuerthner’s leadership, vision, and commitment to the art of ballet.


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