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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL PERFORMS
STUDENT SHOWCASE AT NOVELLUS THEATER AT YBCA,
JUNE 1-3, 2011

Three Performances Benefit the Prestigious San Francisco Ballet School

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 17, 2011–The San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced the repertory for the 2011 Student Showcase. San Francisco Ballet School’s students and faculty will present three Showcase performances, consisting of class demonstrations and repertory works, at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, June 1-3, 2011. Following the performance on June 2, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary will host a fundraising dinner benefiting the San Francisco Ballet School’s scholarship and financial aid programs.

On June 1 and 3, audiences will get a glimpse of the progression in ballet training, from beginning students giving class demonstrations, to advanced-level students on the verge of professional careers. The advanced-level students will perform excerpts from SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Ballet d’Isoline, a new work, Promenade, choreographed by SF Ballet School faculty member Parrish Maynard, Timepiece by SF Ballet Corps de Ballet member Myles Thatcher, and Tomasson’s Beads of Memory.

The June 2 performance will include the “Waltz of the Golden Hours” from Coppélia, featuring 24 young students, with choreography by George Balanchine. (Please note that this performance will not include class demonstrations.)

“The annual Student Showcase allows students to present their technical expertise, while offering them the rare opportunity to gain performance experience,” said Lola de Avila, associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School. “This year, students will have the challenge of dancing a new work by Parrish Maynard, and a ballet by former SF Ballet School student Myles Thatcher, in addition to more classical works including excerpts from Helgi Tomasson’s Ballet d’Isoline.”

Student Showcase Dinner
On Thursday, June 2, after the performance, a cocktail reception and dinner will take place at The St. Regis San Francisco at 7:30pm. The 2011 San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Student Showcase Chair is Deborah Taylor.

Reservations for the fundraising dinner are $250 for patron tickets, $500 for benefactor tickets, and $750 for grand benefactor tickets. Dinner invitations are by Burns and Associates Fine Printing. Beverages generously provided by William Hill® Estate Winery and La Marca ™ Prosecco.

Back by popular demand, a live-auction will take place at the event, and will feature five packages, ranging from a seven-night stay in a luxury Paris apartment, to exclusively catered dinners with SF Ballet principal dancers.

Special thanks to: Lead Corporate Sponsor: Dodge & Cox. Investor in Excellence: Sonia H. Evers; Mr. and Mrs. William Hearst; Kelsey and David Lamond; Barbara Ravizza and John Osterweis; Catherine and Mark Slavonia; Susan A. Van Wagner. Investor in Innovation: Anonymous; Richard C. Barker; Dan and Stacey Case Family Foundation; Mrs. George F. Jewett, Jr.; Alison and Michael Mauzé; Barbara L. Rambo. Investor in Dedication: Mrs. Jola Anderson; Gary Ross; Mrs. James N. Sullivan; Deborah Taylor.

Tickets
The Student Showcase performances will take place at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30pm; Thursday, June 2 at 6pm; and Friday June 3 at 7:30pm. Individual performance tickets start at $36 each and can be purchased by contacting the Ticket Services Office at 415.865.2000.

Tickets for the dinner on Thursday, June 2, are $250-750, and can be purchased by visiting sfballet.org/studentshowcase. Admission to the performance is included in the dinner ticket. For additional information please contact the San Francisco Ballet Events Department at 415.865.6625.