Posts Tagged ‘pilates’

The Latest Exercise Fad in Golden Gate Park: “Short-Roping” with Pilates Bands? – Lasso Your Partner and Then Go Jogging

Monday, April 13th, 2015

I’m at a loss for words here:

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Everybody’s doing it:

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Reader Notes: Those things are Pilates bands, right? And short-roping, that’s a reference to a mountain climbing technique that has the struggling, inexperienced client getting a tow* to the top, ala Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa and rich MTV Wife Sandy Pittman / Sandy Hill on Mount Everest back in 1996.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Go up to these people and say, “I’m CW Nevius, a semi-retired reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and I ask you just what the heck is going on** here?” And the bit will write itself.

If only somebody cared enough to force me tow them around GGP, I’d be less overweight in no time…

*The question is why. Whether he thought he was going to get a cash bonus for getting Pittman atop Everest is lost in the pages of History. 

**Maybe this has already been done and my vocabulary is simply too limited for me to discover what this thing is called…

“Me Dancing” by Principal Dancer Maria Kochetkova – Plus, International Auditions for Ballet School Summer Session 2012

Monday, November 14th, 2011

World-famous ballerina Maria Kochetkova is down in Mexico City these days, but she’ll be back to our world-class San Francisco Ballet for the 2012 Season soon enough.

This one is simply entitled, “Me Dancing.”

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Hey, speaking of ballet, here’s a recent announcement about why you always see gaggles of ballet students congregating around Civic Center every summer:


SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced the schedule for its first-ever International Audition Tour. The School has also announced the dates for its 2012 National Audition Tour. Over the course of three months, hundreds of teenage girls and boys from across Europe and the U.S. will audition for an invitation to attend one of two Summer Sessions offered by San Francisco Ballet School. These include Program 1, a three-week program for intermediate students, and Program 2, a four-week program designed for advanced and pre-professional students. Program 1 will be held this summer from June 11–29; Program 2 will be held July 9–August 3.

The 2012 International Audition Tour is scheduled to visit 4 European cities: London; Madrid; Marseille, France and Florence, Italy. These auditions will be held for advanced and pre-professional students, only.

The 2012 National Audition Tour is scheduled to visit 11 U.S. cities: Boca Raton, FL; Boston; Chicago; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Irvine, CA; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle; Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem, NC.

“There are many talented young dancers throughout Europe who are well-suited to participate in our training programs,” said Lola de Avila, associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School. “For the first time ever, San Francisco Ballet School is thrilled to hold international auditions, offering prospective students the chance to receive the highest-caliber training.”

Nearly 1,500 intermediate and advanced-level students are expected to audition on the tour, vying for approximately 125 positions for each of the School’s Summer Session programs. The Summer Sessions will include intensive classes in classical ballet technique, pointe work, batterie, dance history, repertoire, character, and Pilates. Students must attend a Summer Session in order to be considered for admittance to the School’s regular school year program.

About San Francisco Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School, the country’s oldest classical academy, is directed by San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Associate Director Lola de Avila. Now, over 75 years after its founding, the School boasts a distinguished international staff, a Trainee Program for advanced-level students, a dedicated student residence, and an extensive scholarship program. San Francisco Ballet School attracts students from around the world, training approximately 350 annually. In addition to filling the ranks of San Francisco Ballet, graduates have gone on to join distinguished ballet companies throughout the world.

For more information on San Francisco Ballet School’s Summer Sessions, visit:

The Giant Birds of Golden Gate Park Do Pilates Every Morning

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park like to wake up and get their stretching in as soon as they can.

What a funky chicken. Click to expand:

Don’t miss your chance to see these critters this season via San Francisco Nature Education, the non-profit founded by attorney Nancy DeStefanis. They have some programs, like Heron Watch and Birding for Everyone. Check their calendar or this one on