‘Footballet’: Go 49ers!


Our San Francisco 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl stage with the Baltimore Ravens this Friday! With their performance imminent, what better time to compare their athleticism and strength to the discipline of ballet through pictures? Let’s just call it ‘Footballet’.


Wide receiver Michael Crabtree: is this a grand jeté we see?

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Maria Kochetkova in Possokhov's Classical Symphony (© Erik Tomasson)


Aldon Smith: is the outside linebacker going for fifth position here?

Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images


WanTing Zhao in Tomasson's Nutcracker (© Erik Tomasson)


Did quarterback Colin Kaepernick get inspiration for his famous ‘Kaepernicking’  celebration from last year’s Chroma? (Answer: probably not.)

Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Dana Genshaft and Anthony Spaulding in McGregor's Chroma. ( © Erik Tomasson)


And of course whatever happens on Sunday, Alex Smith and co. aren’t the only all-male athletic team performing in San Francisco this spring:

Photo: William G. Mancebo/Tri-City Voice Newspaper

San Francisco Ballet in Morris' Beaux (© Erik Tomasson)


Go Niners!

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  1. avatar Gayle Reid
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I love this comparison of the 49ers to SF Ballet. Go 49ers!

  2. Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I love this comparison through pictures of the 49ers and the SF Ballet.
    Go 49ers!

  3. avatar Jamila Mendes
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I love this post it’s very funny.

  4. avatar Ruth Vallejos
    Posted January 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not forget that “Alley-oops!” offside call on Vernon Davis – that was a magnificent leap! But truly, I grew up watching films of Lynn Swan, just because he was so graceful and athletic. He was the reason slo-mo photography was used in the NFL.

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