Five Minutes With… Garen Scribner


It’s Soloist Garen Scribner‘s last performance with SF Ballet tonight (as Benjamin in Cinderella), so who better to take our new “Five Minutes With…” quiz?

Garen was born in Arlington, Virginia and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Maryland Youth Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and Boston Ballet School. He was named an apprentice in 2003, joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet a year later, and was promoted to soloist in 2008.

He’ll be saying farewell to SF Ballet after ten incredible years with the company, to join Netherlands Dans Theatre I in August. He says “excited for this incredible opportunity, but will dearly miss his colleagues and the wonderful patrons of SF Ballet.”


Garen Scribner rehearses Ratmansky's From Foreign Lands (© Erik Tomasson)


When did you realize you were serious about ballet?

“12 years old. I grew up 5 minutes from the Kennedy Center and saw everything that came through. I could spot the dancers as they came out of the theater and observed that they possessed a certain special quality, a lightness of being. They were stylish and worldly. I wanted to be like that.”

Your favorite performance you’ve ever seen onstage?

“Netherlands Dans Theater performing works by Kylian, Lightfoot/Leon and Crystal Pite. Pretty unbelievable pieces and some of the world’s finest dancers.”

Your favorite role to dance?

“The lead in Double Evilin the middle somewhat elevated, anything by Christopher Wheeldon.”


The one thing you wished more people knew about dancing?

“We’re professional dancers. We’re not in school. Male dancers are not called “ballerinos.” And yes, we are allowed to eat.”

Your guilty pleasure?

“The Real Housewives. Sorry.” [So are we Garen, so are we — SFB]



Your dream job, if you weren’t a dancer?

“A piano man.”

Your favorite place in San Francisco?

“The stage of the War Memorial Opera House, surrounded by my incredible colleagues.”

Your favorite place in the world?

“With my friends and beautiful family.”

© Chris Hardy

The one song you can’t stop listening to right now?

“Recently, Vito Mazzeo and I have been rocking out to “Frozen” by Madonna in our dressing room… I’m also really into “Windows are Rolled Down” by Amos Lee and “Another Year” by Brolin.”

Your favorite movie?

Best in Show.”


Your favorite book?

The Giver.”

Your idea of a perfect day off?

“Run on Crissy Field with my dog and my boyfriend, workout, brunch, movie and a nice dinner. And some anti-inflammatory medication.”

Garen and Pilot the Dog.


 Stay tuned for a personal goodbye from Garen soon on this blog!



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  1. avatar Gamaliel Ruiz M.
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Garen is a great dancer. The ballet and ópera are for me the most beautiful forms of art.

  2. avatar robert
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    hi garen I like your story do you think ballay would be hard for some one who’s never done it before and would it make me more flexiable

  3. avatar RSS.
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I just wanted to Thank Garen. He came to a studio in Southern CA about 2 years ago, when SF was in OC performing. He did a Master Classe for my daughter’s class. You made her life that night. You had her demo turns and told her that you have never seen a professional do better! She did not believe you as much as treasure the moment you gave that part of your attention to her as a dancer. She still laughs about it but says she will never foget that moment of being complimented by a professional ballet dancer. I hope that you rec’d the email I sent after, but if you did not Thank You for your time and dance.
    I wish you the very best in your future, you are a part of my warmest thoughts and memeories as I have been down the road of helping my daughter reach a dream.
    Blessings, safe travels, and Cheers to new ventures.

  4. avatar Jeanette Reynolds
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I had the privilege of seeing you, Garen, in An American in Paris.
    I have never been so completely taken by a dancer. I cried at every
    scene! I wish you so much luck in your career and many blessings
    in your life.

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