DanceFAR: Dance For a Reason

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In 2012, my fellow dancer Garen Scribner and I hatched a crazy idea to put on a dance performance with all the different companies in the Bay Area to support the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC).  We called all our dancer friends in companies across the city, and everyone we talked to wanted to participate.  We asked former SFB dancer Margaret Karl to throw an after party, and before we knew it, we had a large, world-class event on our hands!  Here we are, in 2014, with the third annual DanceFAR performance coming up on November 18 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Cancer is a disease that has most likely touched all of our lives. In both my immediate family and my chosen family of dancers and friends, I know numerous people who have had to deal with a diagnosis of cancer, including a dancer with Ballet San Jose and a crew member of San Francisco Ballet, both of whom lost their lives two years ago.  CPIC estimates that 1 out of every 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. This is a scary and unacceptable statistic and this performance is a way that dancers can give back to the community, support cutting edge cancer research, and honor those who have been afflicted by cancer.

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The San Francisco Dance Film Festival

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My work over the course of six months with San Francisco Dance Film Festival has been extremely enlightening. Getting to learn how a nonprofit organization is run by having a hands-on experience, truly is the best way to learn.  My role with the SFDFF right now is Social Media Coordinator–I research new dance films or interesting articles to post, as well as manage the content and posting schedule of other volunteers.

2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival Enemy Within

2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival Enemy Within

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Subscriber Spotlights

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Here’s an article from Backstage, our exclusive magazine for SF Ballet subscribers and donors. Each issue of Backstagefeatures interviews with our dancers and choreographers, colorful photo spreads, features about special events, and news about what’s happening in the dance community around the world. The only way to receive Backstage is to become a part of the SF Ballet subscriber or donor family. Subscribe today!

We are proud to introduce a new Backstage feature highlighting two San Francisco Ballet subscribers in each issue. Discover the passion these ballet lovers have for the Company, and learn what motivated them to join our subscriber community.

Lydia Petrovic

Lydia grew up seeing Nutcracker live and on television, and had the good fortune to see the Bolshoi Ballet in Romeo & Juliet in Moscow. But even after residing in the Bay Area for eight years, she began attending SF Ballet performances only last year; she soon decided to become a Principal 8 Series subscriber for the 2015 Season.

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Choreograph Your Own Season: The Teacher’s Choice

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New some help “choreographing” your season? Not sure which programs you want to see? We asked four ballet experts to curate their own “CYO Dream Season” at SF Ballet. In this featured blog post, SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand weighs in on the highlights of our 2015 Repertory Season!

Program 3, which features a world premiere by Myles Thatcher, is the program SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand is most looking forward to this season. He says, “Myles was an SF Ballet School Trainee before joining the Company. He has been choreographing for the Trainees for four years, and I am excited to see him create a ballet for a professional company. This is going to be a fantastic program, with works by Forsythe, van Manen, and Makarova.” Armand’s curated season package continues with Program 4: “I love Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, you don’t want to miss it; it looks as though Chopin wrote the music just for Robbins. Plus, you get Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird. Liam is an enormous talent; the ballet is just brilliant.”
About Don Quixote, Patrick, says, “This is an explosive, fun ballet. The SF Ballet School will be very involved, with students of all ages in a variety of roles such as the gypsies, puppets, driads, and little cupids. Don Quixote has everything you could want in a ballet.”

Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote. (© Erik Tomasson)

Maria Kochetkova in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.
(© Erik Tomasson)

Subscribe today!! SF Ballet’s “Choreograph Your Own” season packages are our most flexible subscription offering. Simply select three or more programs at dates and times that work for you, and save up to 15% off single ticket prices. Plus enjoy a host of benefits, including:

  • FREE advance ticket exchanges within program
  • Our exclusive Season Guide
  • A subscription to Backstage, our magazine for our subscribers
  • 15% discount at The Shop at SF Ballet
  • Access to payment plans
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