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The San Francisco Ballet Blog has moved


The San Francisco Ballet Blog has moved has moved. We’ve transferred most of the posts from this website to a new section on our website called EXPLORE. There, we’ll continue to share interviews, insights, and history about our extraordinary art form. You’ll also be able to listen to podcasts and watch videos about the Company, our artists, and the […]

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What Do Dancer Ranks Mean?


The practice of ranking dancers is a very old tradition, originally developed to meet the needs of the theater. At least one differentiation among ranks was in place as early as 1713, when King Louis XIV set separate salaries for principal dancers. As the art form of ballet became more popular, opera house ballet companies–which […]

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