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May 10, 2016

San Francisco Ballet School Announces Repertory for 2016 Student Showcase May 25-27, 2016

Three Performances Benefit America’s First Ballet School

SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, May 10, 2016—San Francisco Ballet School—the official school of San Francisco Ballet—has announced programming for Student Showcase, the annual performance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater from May 25-27, 2016. Student Showcase is a celebratory evening that highlights diversity of talent in the School, from young students beginning their training to advanced students on the verge of professional dance careers. A Dinner will take place immediately after the performance on Thursday, May 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, with funds benefitting scholarships and financial aid programs for SF Ballet School students in need.

“Student Showcase features some of the brightest young talent in ballet today and you’ll see them in a wide variety of contemporary and classical works,” said SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand. “Our integrated and varied training program makes our students incredibly versatile so that they’re prepared for a professional career and are able to work with any choreographer, company, and style of movement.”

The 2016 Student Showcase will open with class demonstrations by Level 2-8 students, choreographed by Faculty Member Parrish Maynard and set to the Tchaikovsky music used in the opera Eugene Onegin. Trainees and various upper level students will then perform excerpts from John Neumeier’s Yondering, a world premiere by Maynard, Marius Petipa’s Le Corsaire pas de trois, SF Ballet Soloist James Sofranko’s Means to an End, and SF Ballet Corps de Ballet Member Wei Wang’s Focus.

A highlight of the 2016 Student Showcase is Neumeier’s Yondering which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Approximately 30 students will perform sections from the ballet. In late June, shortly after Student Showcase, five Trainees will travel to Hamburg, Germany to join a blended cast from Canada’s National Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, National Ballet Academy of Amsterdam, Paris Opera Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, and The School of Hamburg Ballet for a gala performance at the Hamburg Opera House in honor of this seminal  ballet’s anniversary. Maynard’s world premiere Symphonic, set to Franck’s Symphonic Variations, is a neoclassical work featuring 22 Level 8 men and women. Maynard has been a faculty member at SF Ballet School since 2005 and was invited to join after performing with American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and SF Ballet as a principal dancer. He trained at SF Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre School. Petipa’s Le Corsaire pas de trois is a Russian classic, created for the Mariinsky Ballet in 1863. Many iterations have been presented around the world, including one by Boston Ballet in 1997 which was the first production of Le Corsaire by a non-Russian ballet company. Armand was a part of this original cast while a principal dancer at the company, and for this occasion, he was responsible for setting the work on SF Ballet School students. The program also includes Means to an End by Sofranko, who created the work for SF Ballet School Trainees and Houston Ballet II in November 2015. Featuring music by Tunisian composer Anouar Brahem, the ballet is Sofranko’s second work for Student Showcase. His Mozart Symphony last year was called “elegantly wrought and intensely musical” by San Francisco Chronicle. Five upper level students will also perform Wang’s Focus set to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” arranged by Wang. Wang was a Trainee at SF Ballet School and a student at Beijing Dance Academy before joining the Company as an apprentice in 2012 and a corps de ballet member a year later.

Student Showcase Dinner
Following the May 26 performance, Dinner will be hosted by the SF Ballet Auxiliary at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Michelle Gilman Jasen is the event chair, and Samara Diapoulos is the dinner chair. Donald F. Houghton is the Honorary Chair.

SF Ballet is pleased to recognize B|O|S (Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC), Dodge & Cox, KPMG, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Marc Sinykin and Kevin Osinski as generous sponsors of the 2016 Student Showcase.

Wines are generously provided by Ernest Vineyards, and sparkling wine is provided by La Marca Prosecco®. Dinner invitations are by White Ink.

Individual tickets to the fundraising dinner, which include admission to Student Showcase, are $500 for Patron tickets, $700 for Benefactor tickets, and $1,000 for Grand Benefactor tickets. Tickets for children are $200 each. For more information, visit

Tickets to Student Showcase and the Dinner can be purchased at or by calling Ticket Services at 415.865.2000. Performances will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm; Thursday, May 26 at 6pm; and Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm. Individual performance tickets start at $45.

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