I work for the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education. As the Dance in Schools and Communities Coordinator, I manage the dance education program offered to schools. While my work is generally based in our school programs, from time to time I am brought into the fold of special outreach projects that our department hosts.
Currently, I am working on a four-month collaboration between the San Francisco Ballet and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco around the exhibition, Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance. This museum exhibit is offering a range of programs that include conversations among those who knew and worked with Nureyev, performances and interactive workshops. I am continually excited and inspired by collaborations that provide opportunities for me to work in a range of capacities (teacher, performer, presenter, and consultant) which broaden not only my experiences, but the experiences of others in the wider community through dance.
This week I will be hosting Friday Night’s at the De Young’s “Ballroom Dancing for Everyone” event, allowing participants will take part in a sophisticated and engaging evening of ballroom dance, with professional ballroom dancers Jacqueline Bequette & Bill Carr. Starting at 6.30pm, join me for a 45-minute instructional class as we learn ballroom basics, followed by a social hour of cocktails, conversation and dancing. A great way to let you inner Fred or Ginger shine – oh, and my dance card is free!
But, let’s not forget the little ones! I am also thrilled to be hosting Family Dance Workshops throughout the exhibit that will lead participants through an introductory ballet experience. Taking place on the second Saturday of the month from November to January, these workshops are designed for children (ages 5-14) and their parents or guardians (dancing with the kids) to explore the basics of ballet and creative movement.
This is a fantastic opportunity for families to dance together. Please join me and fellow teaching artist, Stacey Blakeman. With the Nureyev exhibit offering such a wide variety of ballets he performed, choreographed or staged, Stacy and I have created family workshops inspired by some of the costumes on display and hope to give participants insight into the ballets behind the costumes. Kick start your Saturday mornings in the museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room with the flare of Raymonda (Nov 10 & Jan 12) and festivities of Nutcracker (Dec 8).
Pre-registration is required through the De Young Museum, so be quick, as these workshops are always popular and I hope to see many of you there!