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Dancewear in the media

Erica Felsch and Christian Squires in Susan Roemer's designs Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle

Smuin Ballet dancers Erica Felsch and Christian Squires in Susan Roemer’s designs Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle

At various points throughout history, dance has played a part in the inspiration of fashion design. Most recently, there has been an influx of various dancewear ads and videos that have been streaming and causing somewhat of a stir among the dance community.

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Erica Chipp: My Trip to Ghana

Erica Chipp with a Ghana local

Erica Chipp with “Pete” a Ghana local

Last winter, during the Smuin layoff, I had the privilege of traveling to Ghana, West Africa as a LEAP student through St. Mary’s College of California with Jeremy Cohen and This World Music to study West African dancing and drumming and immerse myself in a culture. It turned out to be one of the most empowering experiences of my life, changing my life forever.

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Smuin Ballet – UNVEILING an UNBELIEVABLE 21st Season

21_season_gOur UNBELIEVABLE 2014/15 season is jam packed with fresh and exhilarating new works as well as some of our popular ballets, that were specially handpicked to compliment the season and we are truly thrilled to bring them back to the stage!

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Smuin Ballet’s Newest Additions

picstitch (1) (1024x1024) We are pleased to announce four new company members to the Smuin Ballet family for our?2014/15 UNBELIEVABLE Season; Sarah Nyfield, Robert Moore, Dustin James, and Kevin James.

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Smuin Ballet Donor Profile – Tehila Eisenstat

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Photo: Damon Tarver

 

“Wow, what a talent!” Tehila Eisenstat thought when she first encountered Michael Smuin. “I loved his creativity and his beautiful personality. He was one of a kind.” Tehila began supporting Michael Smuin during his tenure at San Francisco Ballet, and when Michael founded his own company in 1994 she remained an ardent fan. “I knew something fantastic would happen,” she recalls, and she has never been disappointed.

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A tribute to Shannon Hurlburt

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After a successful career of lighting up the stage with his incredible versatility, most notably his fierce tapping and electric stage presence for the past 16 seasons with Smuin Ballet, Shannon Hurlburt has decided to transition out of performing as a full-time dancer and focus his energies on fatherhood and becoming a personal trainer, which has been a growing interest throughout his career.

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Smuin Ballet Alumni Return for 20th Anniversary Season

Photo: Darren Anderson
Smuin Ballet Alumni Photo: Darren Anderson

On May 4th, we hosted a special Alumni performance to celebrate our 20th Anniversary season with our electrifying XXCENTRIC Dance Series at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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XXCENTRIC DANCE SERIES reviews are in!

The men of Smuin Ballet in Val Caniparoli's "Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino" ("Everything But the Kitchen Sink") Photo: Keith Sutter
The men of Smuin Ballet in Val Caniparoli’s “Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino” (“Everything But the Kitchen Sink”) Photo: Keith Sutter

See what the critics are saying!

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Graff Diamonds Are Forever!

Director at Graff Diamonds Robert Atkinson and Smuin Ballet Artistic and Executive Director Celia Fushille with the company

Director at Graff Diamonds Robert Atkinson and Smuin Ballet Artistic and Executive Director Celia Fushille with the company Photo: Drew Altizer photography

We were thrilled to have Graff Diamonds host an in-store event celebrating Smuin Ballet’s 20 years of excellence.

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Highlights from Smuin Ballet’s 20th XXTRAVAGANZA!

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Browse through the recap of the fantastic photos from our 20th Anniversary Gala, which was held at the San Francisco Design Center’s Galleria!

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