Taking Chances

Most vacations don’t turn into the job of a lifetime. But that’s exactly what happened when Jahna Frantziskonis took company class at San Francisco Ballet in the spring of 2015. “I had never been to San Francisco or seen the company besides on video,” explains Frantziskonis, 23. She had come to the city to visitMore »

Finding Balance

Courtney Henry knew she wanted to dance for Alonzo King LINES Ballet while she was still a student in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. “I saw LINES perform at The Joyce Theater, and I was blown away, particularly by the women,” she remembers. “They were commanding and strong, even scary in how powerful they were. IMore »

The West Coast Falls for Forsythe

After 40 years in Europe, choreographer William Forsythe recently put down stateside roots as a professor at the University of Southern California’s new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. USC is welcoming him with Fall for Forsythe, a monthlong festival that culminates October 21–23, when Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Houston Ballet perform influentialMore »

Dateline: Havana

“My dream was to dance in Cuba,” says Lorena Feijóo. “I didn’t want to leave my country.” It’s a lament the San Francisco Ballet principal shares with countless other members of the Cuban ballet diaspora: dancers who left their families, culture and country behind to escape economic hardship and seek artistic freedom abroad. The diasporaMore »

Dancers in Love

Murphy and Stiefel. Ogden and Côté. Osipova and Polunin. Ballet inspires as many thrilling partnerships offstage as on. Company romances are so common, in fact, you might say they’re a perk of the job. “You’re with each other all day—it happens a lot,” says San Francisco Ballet soloist Lauren Strongin, who is married to SFBMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Alison Stroming

You could say that Alison Stroming is a model ballerina, literally. This spring, when the Dance Theatre of Harlem member appeared in store signs and a TV commercial for Tumi luggage with dancer-contortionist RubberLegz, she joined an exclusive list of ballet dancers who star in national advertising campaigns, like American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland andMore »

Together Again

When former Bolshoi stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev called off their engagement in 2013, fans wondered whether their spectacular onstage partnership was over as well. On their breaks from St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Ballet, where both are now principals, she guested with The Royal Ballet while he toured with Kings of the Dance and toldMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Susan Roemer

Looking around Susan Roemer’s San Francisco apartment, you’d never know she’s a ballerina. There are no performance mementos on the walls, no basket of unsewn pointe shoes hinting at her role as one of Smuin Ballet’s most versatile dancers. Hailed for the edgy sensibility she brings to contemporary work like Trey McIntyre’s Oh, Inverted World,More »

Dancer Spotlight: Sean Omandam

It’s a beautiful day in a picturesque village, and Giselle and Albrecht are sharing a milkshake at the town diner. When he ignores a phone call from his girlfriend, Bathilde, she storms in and—wait, what? That quirky take is the creation of Colorado Ballet corps member Sean Omandam, who reinvented Giselle in his debut promotionalMore »