Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Nutcracker Activity: Create the Perfect Ballet Bun

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A beautiful, secure hair bun is a crucial part of any ballerina’s look, from the youngest student to the professionals—and no more so than onstage in Nutcracker! We asked SF Ballet Soloist Dane Genshaft to show us how she ties the perfect “Figure 8″ ballerina bun for her daughter Nadia… (Dana says: “I was actually personally taught […]
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Behind the Scenes with Kristina Lind

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  Our dancers are athletes, and Nutcracker is their marathon! After weeks of rehearsal, our Company of 70 dancers must prepare themselves for a total of 3,007 hours of onstage ballet, with some members of the Company appearing in every single one of our 31 performances in December. SF Ballet Corps de Ballet dancer, Kristina Lind, tells […]
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Behind the Scenes: SF Ballet Wardrobe

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Running SF Ballet’s Wardrobe Department is almost a year-round project. During the season, in addition to taking care of the dancer’s costume needs, we prepare, maintain, repair, and build replacement costumes. We help the dancer’s with guesting needs and prepare costumes for renting to other companies. Once the season is over we have the Student […]
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The Youngest Stars of Nutcracker

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Nutcracker’s brave heroine Clara may be the production’s best-known role for a younger performer, but every year over 150 children step onto the War Memorial Opera House stage for 31 performances, playing a crucial role in bringing the world of Nutcracker to life. You’ll see these talented young performers onstage in Nutcracker in roles including: Boys and girls in […]
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