Monthly Archives: March 2016

Who is Alexei Ratmansky?


A renowned and lauded choreographer, Alexei was born in St. Petersburg and trained at 
Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet School. As an acclaimed principal dancer, he performed with the Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet. From 2004-08, Alexei served as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and under his direction, the troupe was named Best Foreign Company twice (2005 and […]

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Who is Christopher Wheeldon?


Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most in-demand dance makers working today, has had a long and rich relationship with SF Ballet. Christopher’s large body of works has been performed by some of the best ballet companies around the world, and his talent has extended to Broadway. Christopher received his training at The Royal Ballet School and joined The […]

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What Do Dancer Ranks Mean?


The practice of ranking dancers is a very old tradition, originally developed to meet the needs of the theater. At least one differentiation among ranks was in place as early as 1713, when King Louis XIV set separate salaries for principal dancers. As the art form of ballet became more popular, opera house ballet companies–which […]

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Follow the Hidden Line


Peer into the eyes of an athlete or artist performing at her best and you can see into infinity—she’s entered a transcendent state where time slows, perceptions are sharpened, and connections are clear. Artists know the feeling. Writers catch the drift. Dancers bring this daily to the stage. There’s a moment when you are locked-in […]

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