San Francisco Ballet Experts and Others Discuss Lasting Impact of Nureyev

A panel discussion, The Life and Work of Rudolf Nureyev, will be held October 6 at 10am at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.

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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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Wheeldon’s Smashing ‘Cinderella’ Part of SF Ballet 2013 Season

San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, will present the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella during next year’s 80th repertory season.

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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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Audiences in London, Washington to Welcome SF Ballet

The San Francisco Ballet will be leaving its home by the bay this fall for engagements in London and Washington, D.C.

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Wheeldon Works His Magic on New Version of ‘Cinderella’

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is creating a new ballet version of the most popular fairy tale in the world, Cinderella, co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet.

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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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Hip-Hop From a Ballet Perspective

Dance, for me, has always been about having fun. I dance with San Francisco Ballet, but I didn’t start with ballet. I began with hip-hop when I was very young, at Ewajo, a small dance studio in Seattle.

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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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SFB School to Head Overseas for Summer Program Audition Tour

San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, will be visiting London, Madrid, Marseille, and Florence during its first-ever International Audition Tour for its summer intensive programs.

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SF Ballet Dancers to Perform in Hamburg

A group of San Francisco Ballet dancers has been invited by John Neumeier to participate in the Hamburg Ballet Festival next summer for two performances, June 26 and 27, 2012.

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SF Ballet Summertime News Has an International Flair

San Francisco Ballet has announced the addition of soloist Victoria Ananyan, a graduate of Perm State Theater Ballet School in Russia, for its 2011-12 repertory season.

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SF Ballet Announces New Company Members for 2012 Season

San Francisco Ballet has announced four promotions, as well as the addition of six new apprentices and two new company members, for the 2012 repertory season.

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SF Ballet’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Slated for PBS Broadcast

San Francisco Ballet will record John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid for later television broadcast during two performances at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House May 3 and 5.

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YAGP Joins Festival Ballet for Gala of the Stars

Festival Ballet Theatre of Fountain Valley, California will present its Gala of the Stars on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

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Oral History of San Francisco Ballerina Compiled

The Oral History Program at the Museum of Performance & Design in San Francisco has prepared a limited-edition oral history of Jocelyn Vollmar, a former prima ballerina with San Francisco Ballet.

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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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Festival Debut for Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet been selected to make its debut at the 2010 Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center on September 28 and 29, when it will perform Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section.

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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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Free Performance by San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet will offer a free performance at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 8, as part of the 73rd concert season in the city’s Stern Grove Festival.

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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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Coppélia, New Works for San Francisco Ballet in 2011

Two world premieres of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Yuri Possokhov and the company premiere of George Balanchine’s Coppélia are among the highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s 2011 season.

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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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