Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the dance-lover in your life? Check out this gift guide curated by Charlene Cohen:
60 minute massage/acupuncture combo with Andrew Castellanos at Stillpoint Wellness Center on Union Street. $115, www.stillpointsf.com
Sansha ballet slippers are not only great for ballet class, but they make excellent bohemian chic house slippers. Available at SF Dancewear. $23 www.sfdancewear.com
Schedule a 75 minute private lesson in Gyrotonic at SF Gyrotonic to increase strength and flexibilty, enhance coordination or just feel good. $85 www.sfgyrotonic.com
Get them some fun and functional legwarmers from American Apparel. These are a favorite here at SFB and they come in so many colors. $18 www.americanapparel.net
Give them inspiration with a gift certifcate to the San Francisco Ballet so they can choose a program that fits their fancy. www.sfballet.org/tickets/giftcertificates
Smart Wool socks are a great stocking stuffer, they last forever! I wear them for barre, traipse around the theater in them and they always keep my feet toasty. Around $20. Get them at www.REI.com, www.sportsbasement.com.
Before Black Swan, there was The Red Shoes. One of my favorite dance movies that I watch over and over
again, it’s a classic. $26 www.amazon.com
“Once a Dancer,” a touching autobiography from Balanchine ballerina, Allegra Kent. I curled up and read it in a day; I laughed, I cried and had her autograph it. A must-read for any dancer! $16 www.amazon.com.
Give them the gift of dance. There are great studios around the city offering open classes for adults to give ballet, modern, contemporary, and hip hop a try. Try Alonzo King LINES Dance Center www.linesballet.org, or City Ballet School www.cityballetschool.org or ODC dance school at www.odcdance.org.