Category Archives: A Dancer’s Life

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 1,500 students auditioned, with 300 students hailing from as far as Japan, Brazil, China, and New Zealand, ultimately attending. The summer session is divided into intermediate and advanced programs and is 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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Iceland Tour Diary: Musings on a Northern Paradise


DAY 1 After a relatively painless flight (it was only around 7 hours), we arrived in Reykjavik early in the morning. The first thing that struck me about Iceland was the incredibly clean, crisp air. The second thing was the lack of congestion. And on the drive from the airport to the hotel, I marveled […]

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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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