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Smuin Ballet Breaks the Ice

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The company in “Cool Christmas” Photo: Darren Anderson

The holiday season is upon us! On November 5th, Smuin Ballet performed highlights from The Christmas Ballet at the opening of the Union Square Ice Rink.


Read all about it! The UNTAMED Dance Series reviews are in

The company in  Garrett Ammon's SERENADE FOR STRINGS Photo: Keith Sutter Photography

The company in Garrett Ammon’s SERENADE FOR STRINGS Photo: Keith Sutter Photography


It’s clear that our UNTAMED Dance Series is a hit!


My Dance Yin and Yang by Ben Needham-Wood

580943_3693641062788_899881008_nI have always been a perfectionist. In every facet of life I’ve aimed to succeed beyond expectations and prove that I was capable of anything I could imagine. This may be part of why classical ballet has always had such an appeal to me – because no matter how brilliant a dancer’s technique may be there are always opportunities for a dancer to improve.


The Struggle of Recovering From an Injury


Short term loss long term gain…

That’s what I have to keep telling myself so that I don’t go stir crazy while I am waiting for this injury to heal. Dancers have a huge pain tolerance and in some cases, such as my own, it is not necessarily a good thing.  I danced on a stress fracture until it was so bad that I couldn’t even walk for extended periods of time.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Smuin Ballet Donor Profile – Tehila Eisenstat


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.


A tribute to Shannon Hurlburt


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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