Articles & Videos

If you've ever wanted to know more about ballet, like the origins of the tutu or how a particular choreographer got their start, you've come to the right place. We've assembled a few articles and videos to get started, and will be adding more every month. So dive in, and check back soon, to see where to go next on your ballet adventure.

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April 20, 2017
Making Cinderella's Ball Gown

Heart of the old, spirit of the new: Cinderella's feathered ball gown is surprisingly high tech.

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April 20, 2017
Who is Basil Twist?

Basil Twist, a puppeteer, defines that term broadly—as bringing inanimate objects to life. His genius is noticing the way objects and materials move and flow, and drawing upon these characteristics to transform them

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April 19, 2017


Violinist Patricia Van Winkle first played for San Francisco Ballet in 1973, for the premiere of a SF Ballet Cinderella by Lew Christensen and Michael Smuin. More than 40 years later, her last performance before retiring will be Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella©. “It’s a nice way to go out,” she says with a smile. 

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