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Smuin Ballet Performs at San Mateo’s New State-of-the-Art Venue

San Mateo Performing Arts CenterFor the first time in our history, Smuin Ballet will perform at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, bringing Dance Series Two to our South Bay audiences June 3-4, 2016. This state-of-the-art theater is the largest performing arts venue between San Francisco and San Jose, boasting 1,540 seats, more than 55,000 square feet, and a three-story, glass wall lobby.


“A Four-Legged Friend” by Ben Needham-Wood

IMG_7581I grew up in a household full of four-legged friends. My parents were both animal lovers, so my siblings included: two sisters, one brother, two dogs, two cats, a tank full of fish, and at times a turtle, rabbit, and other critters.


A Peek Behind the Scenes at a Smuin Ballet Costume Fitting

Smuin Ballet Ask MeOn my first day at Smuin Ballet, I joined Company Manager, Jo Ellen Arntz, at the studio to work on costume fittings with the dancers for the premiere of “Ask Me,” by Choreographer Adam Hougland set to the music by Joan as Police Woman. The design process for the costumes was extensive as each dancer was interviewed and research was conducted to create unique pieces for each performer.


Smuin Ballet Alumnus Dazzles SF with his Heart

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Michael Kruzich with his art piece “Still Beating”. Photo: Michael Kruzich

One of the astounding artists to this year’s Hearts in San Francisco, the fundraising benefit for SF’s General Hospital’s Trauma Center, was none other than former Smuin Ballet dancer Michael Kruzich. Kruzich contributed a breathtaking piece at the annual event that took place on February 12, 2015.



The UNLACED Dance Series Reviews Are In!

The Men of Smuin Ballet in Adam Hougland's "Ask Me" Photo: Chris Hardy

The Men of Smuin Ballet in Adam Hougland’s “Ask Me” Photo: Chris Hardy

Smuin Ballet closes its 21st Season with the UNLACED Dance Series with four exciting works. Including works from Michael Smuin’s, Romeo and Juliet balcony Pas de Deux and Hearts Suite, Helen Pickett’s, riveting color-drenched ballet Petal, and Adam Hougland’s World Premiere, Ask Me.


From Studio to Studio: Erin Yarbrough Teaching

Erin Yarbrough teaching class Photo: Eva Faizi

Erin Yarbrough teaching students at Dance Arts Project Photo courtesy of: Dance Arts Project

When meeting with acclaimed Smuin dancer, Erin Yarbrough, it’s easy to forget that you’re conducting an interview. Even after a long day of dancing, there’s an undeniable sense of ease about her. What many don’t know is that following her long rehearsal days, she often speeds off to another studio, this time, to teach.




Erin Yarbrough & Jonathan Powell in Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux Phot: Keith Sutter

Erin Yarbrough & Jonathan Powell in Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux Photo: Keith Sutter

Smuin Ballet presents a spellbinding program that embraces four exciting works, including an exhilarating World Premiere that will leave you wanting more!


Michael Smuin’s Carmina Burana performed with Live Accompaniment!



Smuin Ballet in Carmina Burana

Join us for a One Night Only Exclusive Engagement of Michael Smuin’s Carmina Burana!


A Truly Unforgettable Smuin Ballet Gala


Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

On March 15th, Artistic Director Celia Fushille took the stage to welcome guests to our 21st annual Gala and announce that Smuin Ballet has finally found a home in San Francisco!  We will be leasing a building that will for the first time in the Company’s history allow dancers and staff to be under one roof. The new space is located in Potrero Hill at 1830 17th Street near Rhode Island, and will house dance classes and company rehearsal and studios, as well as offices for the administration staff.


Don’t Miss the 2015 Smuin Ballet Gala

Elaine and Tony LaRussa with Artistic and Executive Director Celia Fushille Photo: Drew Altizer Phtography

Elaine and Tony LaRussa with Artistic Director Celia Fushille
Photo: Drew Altizer Phtography (Photo from the 2014 Smuin Ballet Gala)

Join us for an exclusive and UNFORGETTABLE! Smuin Ballet 2015 Gala filled with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a special performance by the artists of Smuin Ballet!


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