Born to an American father and an Israeli mother who was raised in England and West Africa, Shani Glance was infused with a diversity of languages and cultures.

A granddaughter of the renowned opera singer, composer and cantor Leib Glantz, Shani embarked on her artistic journey at age six, taking piano lessons, attending ballet school, and performing in the National Opera children's choir.

She was discovered at the age of eight by her dance teacher, Nurith Cohen, the leading Israeli musical theatre choreographer at the time. Cohen invited Shani to audition for the hit musical Hanna and was chosen to play the title role. This opened the door to a series of other successful theatrical and television roles.

At 12, Shani was accepted to the drama department of the High School for the Performing Arts. As a teenager, she attended the world famous Ariana School of Languages in Switzerland, acquiring French and Italian, and at the young age of 16, while still in high school, was sent to study for her B.A. in psychology at Tel Aviv University under the Gifted Youth Program. Shani served for over two years in the prestigious Parachute Brigade of the armed forces.

Shani attended Circle in the Square Theatre School, and continued her professional training supported by the International Vocal Arts Institute scholarship, and a Leo David grant for the promising actor. Among her renowned coaches: Alfred Molina, Harold Guskin, Ivana Chubbuck and vocal coach Seth Riggs.

In her extensive travels Shani has performed recitals before audiences such as the late Pope John Paul II, Hillary and Bill Clinton, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and the King of Sweden.

Shani divides her time between Los Angeles and New York and is currently working on her first solo CD, which contains several of her original compositions.

Work with Jim SteinmanEdit

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