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January 25, 2017

San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo to Retire Following the 2017 Season

SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, January 25, 2017—San Francisco Ballet has announced that Principal Dancer Lorena Feijoo will retire from the Company, following the 2017 Season.

“Lorena has always been a very versatile and singular dancer,” said SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “In addition to her strength and beautiful technique, she is always the dancer who has an extra dose of passion and spirit—and that intensity draws your eye to her whenever she’s on stage. She has had a wonderful international career as a dancer and I’m glad she’s spent the last 17 years with us, performing a wide range of works—not only the classics, but more contemporary ballets by some of the most exciting choreographers working today. We will miss Lorena and wish her all the best.”

Born in Havana, Cuba, Lorena Feijoo trained at Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba. She danced with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet of Monterrey, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and The Joffrey Ballet before joining SF Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999. Lorena’s major roles include Giselle in Tomasson’s Giselle; Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Queen of the Snow, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Aurora in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Bianca in Lubovitch’s Othello; and Goddess Diana in Morris’ Sylvia. She created principal roles in Tomasson’s Blue Rose and On Common Ground; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Tears; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Fusion, Reflections, Study in Motion, Swimmer, and Talk to Her (hable con ella); Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries; Wheeldon’s Quaternary and Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin. Her vast repertory also includes works by George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Natalia Makarova, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, and Stanton Welch. As a guest artist, Lorena has performed extensively, including Pas de Deux from Don Quixote at the Benois de la Danse Gala at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 2011; Garcia’s Majismo at the American Ballet Theatre gala honoring José Manuel Carreño in 2011; and in ACT’s The Tosca Project in San Francisco in 2010.

Her many accolades include winning a bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria in 1985; winning a gold medal at the first Latino American Ballet Competition; and in 2003, winning the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote. In 2011, she was nominated for the Benois de la Danse Award and a year later, she received a special award, along with four other Company members, for their stellar interpretations of Giselle in Tomasson’s Giselle (performed during the 2011 Repertory Season).

San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States and currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. The mission of SF Ballet is to share its joy of dance with the widest possible audience—in its community and worldwide—and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School.  Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. For more information, visit

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