SF Ballet Students Perform Bournonville, Balanchine, at Spring Showcase

The San Francisco Ballet School 2012 student showcase will feature classic ballets such as George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and an excerpt from Act II of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, along with new works and class demonstrations.

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SF Ballet’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Nominated for Rose d’Or Award

San Francisco Ballet’s filmed production of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid has received a nomination for the Best in Arts Documentary and Performing Arts award from the Rose d’Or Global Entertainment Television Festival.

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Debut Performances Followed by Promotions for 2 at SF Ballet

San Francisco Ballet dancers Clara Blanco and Dores Andre were promoted to the rank of soloist following debut performances last month as Olga in John Cranko’s Onegin. The promotions were made by artistic director Helgi Tomasson effective January 30.

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Take a Step Back in Time with SFB’s Online ‘Nutcracker’ Guide

The San Francisco Ballet—the first professional ballet company in America and the first in the country to perform The Nutcracker—has created an online “scrapbook” filled with vintage photographs and dancers’ fond memories of famous city spots that figure prominently in the ballet’s production.

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The Sleeping Beauty awakens at Oregon Ballet Theater

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 21st season will open Oct. 9 with the world premiere of Artistic Director Christopher Stowell’s full-length The Sleeping Beauty. The Tchaikovsky classic is the first full-length work to enter the OBT repertoire since the premiere of Stowell’s Swan Lake in 2006.

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Patrick Armand Joins San Francisco Ballet School

Patrick Armand will join the staff of the San Francisco Ballet School in September as the trainee program principal. He will teach the trainees in daily classes, stage and rehearse repertory, and oversee trainee performances. He will also teach in the school at various levels.

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Discount Tickets for Dance United 2010 in Oregon

Oregon Ballet Theatre is offering a 25 percent discount until May 14 on tickets to its 2010 Dance United fund-raiser. The June 3 event in Portland will feature dancers from OBT, The Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the Australian Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet.

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Video Archive Preserves the Izzies

The Performing Arts Library at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design continues to amass a video archive of the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (known as “The Izzies”), presented annually for a quarter-century to San Francisco Bay Area dance artists and organizations.  The Izzie Video Archive includes recordings from . . .

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A Ballerina’s Gift

I was exhausted and wanted nothing more than a hot bath and bed, but something kept me from brushing this girl off. All I had left were my warm-up shoes—de-shanked and shabby—but on impulse I dug into my ballet bag, pulled them out, and offered them to her. The huge smile that instantly transformed her face brought a smile to mine as well, and I asked for her sister’s name so I could sign the shoes.

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