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“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.”

Via balletrusse

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 BALLET SCHOOL ANNOUNCES - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AUDITION TOURS

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: www.sfballet.org/school/summer_session.

San Francisco Ballet’s Fantastic 2009 Season Closes This Week – Programs 7 and 8

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The current season is soon coming to a close at the best ballet company in the country, so don’t miss your last chance to see Program 7 (Jewels - the whole shebang, Emeralds and Rubies and Diamonds, oh my) and Program 8 (Fusion, Russian Seasons, and Double Evil) this week at the San Francisco Ballet.

All it takes to see one of the world’s foremost troupes (per the New York Times) is a single bill from your wallet (no, not a hundred or even a fitty, a lower denomination than that will do) and a click here, or here. Throw in Principal Dancer Tina LeBlanc’s Farewell on Saturday night and the Student Showcase May 20-22, and that’ll be it for a while. As always, check for the lastest casting update here.

Here’s a peek at Jewels, Program 7:

All photos © Erik Tomasson

Famed Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Balanchine’s “Emeralds”:

Elana Altman in Balanchine’s “Rubies”:

Sofiane Sylve and Pierre-François Vilanoba in Balanchine’s “Diamonds”:

And here’s a peek at Program 8:

Possokhov’s Fusion. You could see a slow-motion video projection on some of the screens up there for a little bit - that was certainly interesting:

Sofiane Sylve in Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, which Allan Ullrich took a shine to:

Sarah Van Patten and Garen Scribner in Elo’s Double Evil, which debuted last year:

And there you have it. Come see what everybody’s Twittering about this week.

See you there!

Current casting after the jump.

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