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Inside the SF Ballet School Summer Session

Each summer San Francisco Ballet School hosts an intensive summer session designed for serious ballet students from around the world. This year, more than 1500 students auditioned, with ultimately 300 students hailing from as far as Japan, Brazil, China, and New Zealand, attending. The summer session is divided into intermediate and advanced programs and designed to improve skills, build strength, and give students a deeper understanding […]

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SF Ballet Takes Iceland

San Francisco Ballet is no stranger to international tours. From 1957-59, we famously embarked on a series of high profile, US State Department-sponsored tours–traveling to Far East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In the ensuing years, we’ve danced on stages in Shanghai, Beijing, London, Moscow, and New York City, to name just a few locations and in 2014, […]

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An Iceland Homecoming

SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson has spent the majority of his professional life in America as a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director, but his life-long passion for ballet began much earlier–in Iceland. Tomasson was born in the southwestern city of Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest city and capital. He began his training at a […]

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Preparing for Iceland

This week, SF Ballet returned to Iceland to perform at the 2016 Reykjavik Arts Festival. The tour is, in part, a homecoming for Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson who hails from the country. During Tomasson’s tenure, the Company has toured to Iceland four times, most recently in 2007. For this engagement, SF Ballet will present works by Tomasson, […]

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