Homegrown Soloist Retiring after 13 Seasons


Elana Altman in Tomasson/Possokhov's Don Quixote (copyright Erik Tomasson)

“It’s been such an honor growing up on this Opera House stage. It is never easy to say goodbye, but the time has come. Thank you to the amazing audience for all your years of support!”

-Elana Altman, SF Ballet Soloist


Up next, Elana is attending a Master’s program in Italy at the University of Gastronomic Sciences. SF Ballet wishes her all the best!

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  1. avatar Holly Saxon
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Elana for your body of work. There will never be another Firebird like you. Best Wishes & Good Luck!

  2. avatar Linda Jacobsen
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I was overwhelmed by your beauty and talent when I had the pleasure of seeing you in Firebird. Ron and I wish you happiness and success in your culinary adventures.

  3. avatar Kevin Winer
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    All the best in your next career! We love you!
    The Winer’s

  4. avatar Bill Bullard
    Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Dear Elena,

    Congratulations on a glorious conclusion at SF Ballet and on what appear to be delicious plans for the next phrase. Watching you grow as a dancer, even in those early high school years, was a great honor and pleasure, and I hope somehow you will still be able to inspire young dancers. All best wishes for your next steps. Warmest regards, Bill

  5. Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    You provided so much pleasure in your first career, we wish you the same satisfying results in your future career. With love and admiration, Judy & Ezra and our family

  6. avatar Stephen Whitney
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I will miss your great dancing, Elana. Unforgettable as the leader in Artifact Suite, but very fine in every role. It’s sad to see how many fine dancers are leaving just now, especially you and Courtney.

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