A day in the life of a professional ballet dancers begins with Company class. Taking class warms up the dancers’ muscles and minds, and provides the opportunity to fine tune technique, work on problem areas, and mentally prepare for the day ahead. We sat down with Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante, to understand the importance […]
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Aaron Robison joined SF Ballet in 2016 as a principal dancer. Originally from Coventry, England, Aaron did not actively seek out classes or a career in ballet. Instead, he recalls, “I’d wait with my mum [after my sister’s ballet classes] until eventually the teacher said, ‘Why don’t you start too?’ So I did! I especially […]
Jiří Bubeníček, a Czech citizen born in Poland, was an acclaimed dancer before he retired in 2015 to focus on his career as a choreographer. Jiří and his brother Otto, the sons of circus acrobats, began their ballet training at the Prague Dance Conservatory. In 1992, Jiří received an award at the prestigious Prix de […]
Known for his rich and diverse choreography, beautiful dancing, and great partnering skills, Ukranian-born Yuri Possokhov holds the position of choreographer in residence for SF Ballet. After training at the Moscow Ballet School, he danced for ten years with the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet, before moving to the US and joining the Company as a principal dancer in 1994.