Enter to Win: Nutcracker Date Night


The Date Night Sweepstakes has officially ended, and a randomly selected winner has been contacted. 

Enter to win a magical evening for two at SF Ballet’s Nutcracker. One winner will receive two Nutcracker tickets for Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7pm. The evening includes a pre-performance dinner at Café at the Opera, premium Orchestra seats, and intermission Champagne and dessert.*

Simply fill out this entry form before 11am on December 8, and cross your fingers! The winner will be contacted via email on December 9, 2014.

*Winners will receive a $150 gift card from Patina Restaurant Group, to be used for food and beverages at the War Memorial Opera House.



Want to plan a special Holiday Date Night of your own? We have curated a romantic evening available throughout the Nutcracker season. Learn more here.

Want to see more? Visit our holiday site for the full Nutcracker experience.

Read the Official Rules:

Nutcracker Date Night Sweepstakes – Official Rules

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Behind the Scenes: SF Ballet Wardrobe


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 Showcase.  A few weeks later, we start back up again to prepare for tour and we then have another small break and start to prepare for the upcoming season.

The first order of business is preparing what we’ll need for the season. We look at the upcoming shows and determine what needs to be rebuilt, what needs refurbishment, and what needs to be shopped. Then we go shopping! Tights, trunks, paints, sewing and cleaning supplies, jewels…just about everything needs to be restocked and replenished. It sounds fun but it can be very difficult if we need to find specific replacements for our older ballets. From there we determine our schedule and crew requirements and after all that, our multi-skilled crew gets to work making our upcoming season look as good as it did on the first day on stage.

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70 Years of Sugarplum Fairies


Sugarplum Fairies from the 1944-2014

On Christmas Eve in 1944, the War Memorial Opera House brimmed with excitement as the audience witnessed the American premiere of Nutcracker. Now, 70 years later it has become a beloved holiday tradition for families across the United States. Over the years, SF Ballet has created a variety of productions since Willam Christensen’s first choreography in 1944, additional choreography and productions were created by Lew Christensen. In 2004, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson created the uniquely San Francisco production, set in 1915 San Francisco.

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Tweet the Plot: Nutcracker


This activity has ended, but that shouldn’t stop you from having some fun and giving it a try!

In 140 characters or less, find a creative way to tell the story of Nutcracker on Twitter. (Bonus for references to our unique production!) Get creative—your plot can be as broad or detailed as you’d like!

Everyone who follows our guidelines and publishes a tweet by Monday, December 1 will receive a special discount on Giselle tickets. A discount code will be sent in a direct message on Twitter from @sfballet. (Be sure you follow us at @sfballet so we can send you a direct message for your ticket offer!)

Tweet the Plot Guidelines:

  1. Follow us @sfballet. (Remember you must follow @sfballet in order to receive a direct message with your promo code!)
  1. In 140 characters or less, compose your tweet describing the plot of our uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker plot. Use your best creative skills and have fun with it!
  1. Tag the tweet with #sfnutcracker (If you don’t use this hashtag, we won’t know you’ve participated!)
  1. Check your direct message inbox on Twitter for a special promo code for 25% off Giselle tickets. Please keep this code a secret, and encourage your friends and family to take part and receive their own ticket discount!
  1. Participate by 12/1/14 to win your promo code!


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