Monthly Archives: November 2015

Nutcracker Fun Facts


SF Ballet is America’s first professional ballet company and the first company in America to premiere the complete version of Nutcracker. Choreographed by Willam Christensen, the Company’s first artistic director, the now-historic ballet premiered on December 24, 1944 and launched a beloved holiday tradition that is still performed all over the United States. Today, we […]

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America’s First Snow Queen Turns 90


In November 2015, America’s first Snow Queen, Jocelyn Vollmar, turned 90 years old. SF Ballet celebrated her birthday and recognized her devotion to the art form with a performance by our School Trainees, followed by a post-performance celebration that included Company dancers, former students, and numerous colleagues. Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson toasted Jocelyn and presented her with a signed photo […]

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SF Ballet School Trainees Team up with Houston Ballet II


At the SF Ballet School, upper-level students spend countless hours together, developing close friendships and creating a sense of familiarity that helps them partner and communicate with one another effectively, especially during rehearsals. So it’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges for students joining a professional company is having to dance with a […]

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SF Ballet School Alumni Spotlight: Kimberly Braylock-Olivier


Kimberly Braylock-Olivier, a Manhattan native, trained with Charla Genn, Studio Maestro, Ballet Hispanico, and SF Ballet School (including one year in the Trainee Program). She joined the Company as an apprentice in 2009 and was named a corps de ballet member a year later. 1. How did you start dancing, and what role did your parents play in your decision to […]

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