Author Archives: Elana Altman

Homegrown Soloist Retiring after 13 Seasons

“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 […]

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Dancing Yogi

  Yoga has been a significant part of my life for about 8 years now.  It has been monumental in balancing my mind and body throughout the strenuous performance seasons. Recently, I decided I wanted to go deeper and learn how to teach others the healing powers of yoga–this lay-off I retreated to a serene […]

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Memorable (Tour) Moments

“I want to give you something to remember Paris by…” Those were the words of Helgi Tomasson right before he promoted me to soloist on the last day of our 2005 tour to Paris.  He was right, I’ll never forget that moment or that tour. While not every tour has affected me so significantly, each […]

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Myrtha Unveiled

The role of Myrtha in Giselle is one of the most challenging and demanding roles that I have ever performed. Myrtha is the Queen of the Wilis (girls who have died of broken hearts). To attain Queen status, I wonder if Myrtha’s heart was broken the worst, or if she was the first, or if she was a […]

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