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Three Performances Benefit the Prestigious San Francisco Ballet School

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–Wednesday, May 14, 2013–The San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced the repertory for the 2013 Student Showcase. SF Ballet School’s students and faculty will present three Showcase performances, consisting of class demonstrations and repertory works, at the Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, May 29-May 31, 2013. Following the performance on May 30, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary will host a fundraising dinner benefiting the school’s scholarship and financial aid programs.

On May 29, 30, and 31, 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 Stone and Steel, a work by SF Ballet Corps de Ballet member and former School student Myles Thatcher; highlights from Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Christopher Wheeldon’s Danses Bohémiennes; and Light Line, an all-new work by School Faculty Member Parrish Maynard.

Note: There will be class demonstrations from levels 2-6 during each night. On May 30, students will not perform Maynard’s Light Line. 

“Student Showcase is a culmination of each student’s training and dedication to learning the art form,” said SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand. “This year’s Showcase features a mix of classical and contemporary works for our upper-level students, which allows them to demonstrate their talent and technique,” he added.

Student Showcase Dinner
On Thursday, May 30 following the performance, a cocktail reception and dinner will take place at The St. Regis San Francisco, beginning at 7:30pm. This year’s Auxiliary Student Showcase Chair is Ms. Kathryn A. Huber. Catherine Ryan Slavonia and Christopher Wheeldon are the honorary chairs of the dinner.

Reservations for the fundraising dinner are $250 for patron tickets, $500 for benefactor tickets, and $1,000 for grand benefactor tickets. Dinner invitations are by Dauphine Press. 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 features a variety of luxury packages, ranging from a VIP trip to New York for SF Ballet’s opening night of Cinderella, to an evening in wine country with SF Ballet Principal Dancers Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan.

Special Thanks
Major Corporate Sponsors: Dodge & Cox and San Francisco Dancewear.

Tickets
The Student Showcase performances will take place at the Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 30 at 6pm; and Friday May 31 at 7:30pm. Individual performance tickets start at $35 each and can be purchased by contacting the Ticket Services Office at 415.865.2000. 

Tickets for the dinner on Thursday, May 30, are $250-1,000, 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 SF Ballet Events Department at 415.865.6625.

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