La Sylphide: the most important classical ballet you’ve probably never seen

   All right, a show of hands: who’s seen the 1832 ballet, La Sylphide?  {{Looks around}} Yup. I’m not surprised. And for the record, I didn’t raise my hand either. But its importance came to mind last week, as I was researching for a Top 10 Classical Ballets list and found myself indecisive about the … Read moreLa Sylphide: the most important classical ballet you’ve probably never seen

Smuin dazzles in San Francisco with Dance Series 1

Smuin Contemporary Ballet has returned to the San Francisco stage, launching its 26th season with Dance Series 01. Artistic director Celia Fushille continues to honor the principles of late founder Michael Smuin with classical-based contemporary that pulses with energy, drama and a generous dollop of the eclectic. Case in point: cowboy boots and not pointe shoes … Read moreSmuin dazzles in San Francisco with Dance Series 1

Choreographer Alyssa Mitchel presents “The Classroom”

It’s back-to-school season for the kids, and no better time for San Francisco choreographer Alyssa Mitchel to present the question, “How do we learn?” in her one-hour dance work, The Classroom, which premieres September 7th and 8th in San Francisco at ODC’s Studio B. Each of the work’s sections, with irresistible titles like “Frustration,” “Defining Intelligence” and … Read moreChoreographer Alyssa Mitchel presents “The Classroom”

Announcing World Ballet Day 2019

 World Ballet Day 2019 was Wednesday, October 23rd. Did you have to miss it and are now gnashing your teeth? Fear not! The Royal Ballet’s 4-hour segment is now available for viewing. You’ll find it a few paragraphs below. Want information about which companies were involved? Scroll down further. Here is my original post from August… … Read moreAnnouncing World Ballet Day 2019

Visit Africa for 99 cents!

Summer is the time for travel, even if it’s just armchair travel. And how’s this for a bargain: A DANCER’S GUIDE TO AFRICA is available through the summer for only 99 cents! Just click HERE. And, okay, so, yeah. I lived in Africa for two years, but, honest, this isn’t an autobiographical work. Although the … Read moreVisit Africa for 99 cents!