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SF Ballet School Alumni Spotlight: Alan Takata-Villareal


SF Ballet School alumnus and Bay Area native Alan Takata-Villareal has been working with SF Ballet for over 20 years, as the logistics manager in the artistic department. He is responsible for scheduling the Company’s busy rehearsal schedule and making sure the ballets make it to stage on time. We caught up with him to learn […]

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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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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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