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Meet The Musician: Yi Zhou

The 2016 Season marks the 40th anniversary of the SF Ballet Orchestra. As Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson recently remarked, “The finest dance can only happen with the support of an equally world-class orchestra.” To celebrate our world-class musicians, we have introduced you to various members of the Orchestra throughout the season and today, we’d like to introduce Principal […]

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SF Ballet School Faculty Spotlight: Tina LeBlanc

A former SF Ballet principal dancer, Tina LeBlanc began her career dancing with the Joffrey Ballet before joining the Company in 1992. She is often praised for her superb footwork in Balanchine ballets and at one point was called “a portrait of quiet perfectionism” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2009—after 27 years of dancing—she […]

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Who is John Cranko?

John Cranko (1927–1973) was a celebrated choreographer of the mid-20th century who is credited with making Stuttgart Ballet one of the finest classical troupes in Europe. Born in South Africa, he trained with Cape Town Ballet School and created his first work, The Soldier’s Tale, for Cape Town Ballet Club in 1945. That same year he moved to London […]

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Five-minute Primer: Meet the Five Main Characters of Onegin

Cranko’s Onegin, based on Pushkin’s dramatic novel in verse, is all about the complexities of human relationships. While the ballet also boasts stunning production values and beautiful choreography, it’s the story of unrequited love between the two main characters—Onegin and Tatiana—that makes this story so powerful and ultimately, relatable. Keep reading to find out more about the five main characters of […]

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