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

Cathy Marston and Sarah Van Patten on Snowblind

Choreographer Cathy Marston and Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten discuss the creative process.

Cathy Marston and Sarah Van Patten interview each other about the creative process and Marston’s two ballets for SF Ballet, Snowblind and Mrs. Robinson. 

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Header Image: Cathy Marston watches San Francisco Ballet in rehearsal for Mrs. Robinson // © 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