The San Francisco Dance Film Festival

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My work over the course of six months with San Francisco Dance Film Festival has been extremely enlightening. Getting to learn how a nonprofit organization is run by having a hands-on experience, truly is the best way to learn.  My role with the SFDFF right now is Social Media Coordinator–I research new dance films or interesting articles to post, as well as manage the content and posting schedule of other volunteers.

2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival Enemy Within

2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival Enemy Within

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Subscriber Spotlights

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Here’s an article from Backstage, our exclusive magazine for SF Ballet subscribers and donors. Each issue of Backstagefeatures interviews with our dancers and choreographers, colorful photo spreads, features about special events, and news about what’s happening in the dance community around the world. The only way to receive Backstage is to become a part of the SF Ballet subscriber or donor family. Subscribe today!

We are proud to introduce a new Backstage feature highlighting two San Francisco Ballet subscribers in each issue. Discover the passion these ballet lovers have for the Company, and learn what motivated them to join our subscriber community.

Lydia Petrovic

Lydia grew up seeing Nutcracker live and on television, and had the good fortune to see the Bolshoi Ballet in Romeo & Juliet in Moscow. But even after residing in the Bay Area for eight years, she began attending SF Ballet performances only last year; she soon decided to become a Principal 8 Series subscriber for the 2015 Season.

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Choreograph Your Own Season: The Teacher’s Choice

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New some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

Program 3, which features a world premiere by Myles Thatcher, is the program SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand is most looking forward to this season. He says, “Myles was an SF Ballet School Trainee before joining the Company. He has been choreographing for the Trainees for four years, and I am excited to see him create a ballet for a professional company. This is going to be a fantastic program, with works by Forsythe, van Manen, and Makarova.” Armand’s curated season package continues with Program 4: “I love Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, you don’t want to miss it; it looks as though Chopin wrote the music just for Robbins. Plus, you get Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird. Liam is an enormous talent; the ballet is just brilliant.”
About Don Quixote, Patrick, says, “This is an explosive, fun ballet. The SF Ballet School will be very involved, with students of all ages in a variety of roles such as the gypsies, puppets, driads, and little cupids. Don Quixote has everything you could want in a ballet.”

Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote. (© Erik Tomasson)

Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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Choreograph Your Own Season: The Executive’s Choice

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New some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see this season? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, Executive Director Glenn McCoy weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

When curating a season package for 2015, SF Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy chose three programs with direct connections to Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. He says, “Helgi brought Giselle back because he has so many wonderful interpreters for the title role, and the corps de ballet are also so important. You get a different experience each time you see it. Watch for Albrecht’s final solo in Act II, where he’s dancing for his life—that always moves me.”

Regarding Program 3, he says “Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is my favorite work by Forsythe, it really captures the energy of SF Ballet—technically difficult, but joyful. And Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère Act II is pure classical, absolutely sublime.” Glenn says, “Caprice [featured in Program 7] is Helgi’s newest work and it’s stunning. He took all of his experience as a dancer, and what he learned from Balanchine and Robbins, and distilled it into this work. Plus you have The Four Temperaments: classic Balanchine.”

The “Executive’s Choice” package also includes world premieres by Myles Thatcher and Yuri Possokhov. Says McCoy, “Spotting the next generation of choreographic talent has been a trademark of Helgi’s work at SF Ballet.”

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Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. (© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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