Two Principals Set to Retire at San Francisco Ballet

Longtime San Francisco Ballet principals (and husband and wife) Davit Karapetyan and Vanessa Zahorian have announced their retirement at the end of the 2017 season. They’ll make a cross-country move to become the joint artistic directors of the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy. In addition to new directors, the academy will have a brand new facility, beginning this summer. ZahorianMore »

San Francisco Ballet Dancers Win Erik Bruhn Prize

Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco of San Francisco Ballet. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

San Francisco Ballet dancers Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco were announced the winners of the 12th International Erik Bruhn Prize on Wednesday. Hamburg Ballet soloist Marc Jubete won the Choreographic Prize for his new work, Remember. The competition, which honors the legacy of Danish ballet dancer Erik Bruhn, was held November 15 in Toronto; participants includedMore »

#TBT: Sofiane Sylve in Sleeping Beauty’s Vision Scene

Remember in the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty when Aurora’s fairy godmothers fight over which dress is best, pink or blue? Watching Petipa’s ballet, you might face a similar conflict: Do you prefer the young, spirited Aurora decked in rose pink from Act I? Or the cool yet lovely dream princess from Act II? InMore »

Dream Role: Swanilda

In Balanchine’s comedic Coppélia, San Francisco Ballet’s Frances Chung brings out Swanilda’s playful side. All of Swanilda’s actions come from a place of pure fun. She’s kind of sassy, but I like bringing out her playfulness instead of taking a more bratty approach. The role comes quite naturally to my personality. When my partner and IMore »

This San Francisco Ballet Soloist Has Started His Own Company

The Bay Area dance scene continues to grow, and San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko has added his voice to the mix. His new company, SFDanceworks, was founded in 2014 and presents its debut season this week at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. The U.S. has a surprising lack of contemporary dance companies thatMore »

Bay Area Ballet Makes a Comeback

Maybe it’s a stretch to call the Oakland Ballet Company a phoenix rising from Silicon Valley Ballet’s ashes, but there is some uplifting news coming from California’s regional dance scene. Since his appointment in 2010, Oakland Ballet artistic director Graham Lustig has been splitting his time between helming the Bay Area company and his ownMore »

Studio to Street: Dores André

Dores André doesn’t like shopping, but she loves clothes. Her favorite source of style inspiration is the 1964 comedy What a Way to Go!, starring Shirley MacLaine and a closet of over-the-top costumes. “It’s just crazy—she wears, like, thousands and thousands of outfits,” André says. “I wish I owned every single piece in that movie.”More »

Promotions and New Dancers at San Francisco Ballet

As companies’ performance seasons wrap up, news of who’s leaving, joining and rising through the ranks has been landing in our inboxes here at Pointe. In recent weeks, we’ve noted the massive roster changes at Pennsylvania Ballet and Julie Kent’s new hires at The Washington Ballet, as well as the promotions of two 2015 PointeMore »

Three of SFB’s Leading Men Just Retired

Three of San Francisco’s most stunning leading men have just retired from the company. After multi-decade careers, Joan Boada, Pascal Molat and Gennadi Nedvigin took their final bows during an emotional farewell performance on April 17. Nedvigin will join Atlanta Ballet as its new artistic director. All three men will be remembered for their dazzlingMore »

San Francisco Ballet Performs in a New Video Trailer

There’s something compelling about the pristine classicism of ballet contrasted against a gritty setting. The viral success of videos like Sergei Polunin and David LaChapelle’s “Take Me to Church” doesn’t lie. Here’s another video to add to the list of edgy and beautiful dance films out there: Ezra Hurwitz’s latest endeavor with San Francisco Ballet.More »