Known for his dramatic choreography, technically sharp dancing, and great partnering skills, Ukranian-born Yuri Possokhov is choreographer in residence for SF Ballet. After training at the Moscow Ballet School, he danced for 10 years with the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet before moving to the U.S. He joined SF Ballet as a principal dancer in 1994.
Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita was born in South Africa and is known for eclectic dance theater works that blur the lines between genres. His first SF Ballet work, still to be titled, is part of Program 5 of the 2017 Repertory Season and features an original score by frequent collaborator Frank Moon.
How did you get your start with professional athletes?
In the 1990s the San Francisco 49ers brought me in to consult on a rehab issue that became tricky and had a slow recovery. I was successful and quickly became known as a problem solver for multiple, “high stake” rehab cases. I went on to write a protocol and several progressions that the NFL and university training rooms use today. I’ve worked with NFL teams across the country, the US Olympic Decathlon team, gold medalist Dan O’Brien, Stanford sports, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, the Golden State Warriors, as well as boxers Andre Ward, Andre Berto, and Robert Guerrero. Yuri Possokhov was the first SF ballet dancer I worked with over 16 years ago. Now, on any given day you are likely to find SF Ballet dancers training, fine-tuning, and rehabbing at Active Care.
As we eagerly anticipate the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we couldn’t help but compare the athleticism of the Olympians and their sports with our very own SF Ballet dancers. Here’s how our Company artists might stack up if we held our own Fantasy Olympics:
We certainly have gymnastics covered.
Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces has our men ready for sprinting.