Family Dance Workshops at the de Young Museum

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Our collaboration with the De Young Museum has come to its halfway point and we have had great turnout at all our partner events! These include: panel discussions with artists who’ve worked with Nureyev, a night of multidisciplinary performances and talks curated and directed by San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Tiit Helimets, costume workshops and performances by the San Francisco Ballet School trainees.

The Center for Dance Education hosted two fantastic events in November that brought engaging and interactive experiences with dance.  Friday November 9 saw our “Ballroom Dancing for Everyone” event, with participants of all ages and levels of experience coming together for a night of ballroom dance.  Instructors Jacqueline Bequette & Bill Carr took everyone through paces with a basic waltz and an upbeat two step that had many cutting a rug on the dance floor.  My dance card quickly became full as we progressed into the free dance portion of the evening that also brought out the local swing & cha cha dancers.

A night of dancing was followed by bright & shining faces the following morning for our first Family Dance Workshop.  Kids brought along their moms, dads, grandparents and friends in this interactive dance experience with a short dance taught to the group, inspired by the Danse des Enfants (Dance of the Children) in Nureyev’s production of Raymonda.  All participants seemed thrilled with the class and it was great to see this type of inter-generational workshop taking place in such a beautiful space at the De Young Museum.

Our next workshop is this Saturday December 8th and will draw on the festive season favorite, The Nutcracker.  From the enthusiasm from our last workshop, be sure to sign up quickly as Pre-registration is required through the De Young Museum : https://tickets.famsf.org/public/show_events_list.asp .  Miss this one and you’ll have to wait until January!

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