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May 11, 2017

San Francisco Ballet School Announces Repertory for Annual Student Showcase

Performances Benefit America’s First Ballet School 

SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, May 11, 2017—San Francisco Ballet School—the official school of San Francisco Ballet—has announced programming for its annual Student Showcase at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater from May 31-June 2, 2017. Student Showcase is a celebratory evening that highlights the range of talent in the School—from young students beginning their training—to advanced students on the verge of professional dance careers.

Each performance includes a Student Demonstration and a mix of classical and contemporary works performed by upper level students. A dinner, An Invitation to Dance, will take place immediately after the performance on Thursday, June 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, with funds benefitting scholarships and financial aid programs for SF Ballet School students.

Notes SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand, “Every year, I look forward to this event because it’s such a wonderful opportunity—not only for the students to get performance experience and demonstrate their abundant talent—but for the audience to catch a glimpse of the future stars of this art form.” 

This year’s program will open with a Student Demonstration by Level 2-8 students, choreographed by Faculty Member Karen Gabay and set to the first movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Next, Trainees will perform SF Ballet Corps de Ballet member Myles Thatcher’s Panorama, which was created on them and recently performed in Paris at the Palais Garnier and in Toronto. Level 7 students will perform SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Meistens Mozart which premiered in SF Ballet’s 1991 Repertory Season and was last performed by the Company in 2005. Next, students will perform a pas de deux from Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote which was last performed in full by the Company in 2015. For the May 31 and June 2 performances only, SF Ballet School’s first Choreographic Trainee, Blake Johnston, will premiere her newest work. Blake has worked with Tomasson, Thatcher, and visiting choreographers throughout the School year as part of a new pilot program intended to nurture and grow young dance makers. The evening will come to close with George Balanchine’s Serenade, performed by advanced students and Trainees.

Student Showcase Dinner
Following the June 1 performance, An Invitation to Dance: 2017 Student Showcase Dinner will be hosted by the SF Ballet Auxiliary at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Heather Cassady Martin is the event chair, and Maria Ralph and Aimee West are the dinner co-chairs. Patrick Armand is the honorary chair.

SF Ballet is pleased to recognize Dodge & Cox, KPMG, B|O|S (Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough, LLC), and Marc Sinykin and Kevin Osinski as generous sponsors of the 2017 Student Showcase.

Wines are provided by Ernest Vineyards, sparkling wine is provided by Avissi Prosecco and floral décor is provided by Wish Social Events. Dinner invitations and programs are by White Ink.

Individual tickets to the fundraising dinner, which include admission to the Student Showcase performance, 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 the Student Showcase performance and the dinner on June 1, An Invitation to Dance, 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 31 at 7:30pm; Thursday, June 1 at 6pm; and Friday, June 2 at 7:30pm. Individual performance tickets start at $45. 

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