Lucas Erni, Recently Promoted Soloist

Soloist Lucas Erni chats about his life during shelter-in-place.

In this series profiling recently promoted dancers, Lucas Erni discusses his path to SF Ballet and shares reflections on his time spent in quarantine.

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Header Image: San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso // © Erik Tomasson

Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer, from Shelter-in-Place

Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets chats about his life during shelter-in-place.

Tiit Helimets chats with Claire Sheridan about his career, what it’s like to be dancing at home, and his interests outside of ballet.

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Header Image: Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets in Tomasson’s The Fifth Season // © Erik Tomasson

Angelo Greco, Cordula Merks, and Martin West on Ballet Conductors

What’s it like to conduct a ballet? And what’s it like to be conducted in a ballet?

Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West chats with Principal Dancer Angelo Greco and Concertmaster Cordula Merks about the many facets of conducting for ballet.

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Header Image: Misa Kuranaga and Angelo Greco in the pas de deux from Petipa’s Le Corsaire // © Erik Tomasson

Imani Rupert-Gordon (NCLR), Kris Hayashi (TLC), and Arthur Pita

National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon, Transgender Law Center Executive Director Kris Hayashi, and choreographer Arthur Pita call in at the beginning of Pride Month.

Imani Rupert-Gordon and Kris Hayashi share about their two organizations and how audience members can get involved. Arthur Pita chats about his Bjork Ballet and how he’s thinking about art in this time of crisis.

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Header Image: SF Ballet rehearsing Pita’s Bjork Ballet // © Erik Tomasson

Marilyn Coyne, SF Ballet Orchestra

SF Ballet Orchestra Member Marilyn Coyne checks in from Shelter-in-Place.

Marilyn Coyne calls in to chat with Claire Sheridan about life in the SF Ballet Orchestra, her many years performing with ballet companies, and what makes this company so special.

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Header Image: Sensorium 2020 // © Nikki Ritcher Photography

Celebrating 20 Years with Jeffrey Lyons

SF Ballet School Leadership and Alumni celebrate Jeffrey Lyons’ 20th Anniversary at SF Ballet School.

School Director Patrick Armand, Director of Education and Training Andi Yannone, Principal Dancer Max Cauthorn, and Corps de Ballet member Sean Bennet join Jeffrey Lyons to reminisce about his 20 years at SF Ballet School.

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Header Image: San Francisco Ballet School Students receiving notes on the demonstration to be performed during the 2018 Student Showcase // © Lindsay Thomas

Dana Genshaft and Pemberley Ann Olson on Heliotrope

In honor of SF Ballet School’s Annual Spring Festival, Dana Genshaft and Pemberley Ann Olson call in from Shelter-in-Place.

Dana Genshaft, former SF Ballet Soloist, choreographer, and current faculty member at SF Ballet School, and Pemberley Ann Olson discuss their relationship as student-teacher and choreographer-dancer. They share about the creation process and SF Ballet School’s Choreographic Fellowship.

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Header Image: San Francisco Ballet School students rehearsing Genshaft’s Heliotrope // © Erik Tomasson

Wona Park, Principal Dancer, from Shelter-in-Place

Recently promoted Principal Dancer Wona Park checks in from Shelter-in-Place.

Wona Park calls in from her home in South Korea where she’s quarantining with her family. Hear about her life, training, and her eventful first three years at San Francisco Ballet.

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Header Image: Wona Park and Wei Wang in Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique // © Erik Tomasson

Dores André, Principal Dancer, on Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Principal Dancer Dores André talks about Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Dores André gives a glimpse of her life during shelter-in-place. She talks about Justin Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, streaming now on SF Ballet’s website, and discusses the process of working with Justin, Trey McIntyre, and Benjamin Millepied.

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Header Image: Dores André and Joseph Walsh in Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming // © Erik Tomasson