Category Archives: Becoming a Dancer

SF Ballet School Auditions: Five Expert Tips For Success

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Auditioning for a ballet company can make even some of the most seasoned dancers nervous, so we asked the SF Ballet School’s Associate Director Patrick Armand for his top five audition tips, see below. Good luck!   1. “Stay relaxed.” We know it’s hard, but you’ll perform at your best ability if you’re calm and collected. […]

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The Children of Nutcracker

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Each year, 175 students from the San Francisco Ballet School perform onstage in Nutcracker. From the smallest Act II ladybugs to the steadfast soldiers of the Battle Scene, all the children work hard learning their steps and getting into character. They rehearse from September – December, and can be seen onstage in all the performances throughout the holiday season. We sat […]

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America’s First Snow Queen Turns 90

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In November 2015, America’s first Snow Queen, Jocelyn Vollmar, turned 90 years old. SF Ballet celebrated her birthday and recognized her devotion to the art form with a performance by our School Trainees, followed by a post-performance celebration that included Company dancers, former students, and numerous colleagues. Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson toasted Jocelyn and presented her with a signed photo […]

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SF Ballet School Faculty Spotlight: Larisa Lezhnina

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Larisa Lezhnina, most recently a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, began her training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and later joined the Mariinsky Ballet (then Kirov Ballet) where she was a principal dancer. Lezhnina joined the SF Ballet School faculty this summer as a guest teacher. Like many of her Vaganova teachers, she emphasizes the importance […]

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