Announcing World Ballet Day 2019

World Ballet Day is returning in 2019, and it’s Wednesday, October 23rd. Mark those calendars! Like last year, it will be hosted by a smaller core group: The Royal Ballet, the Australian Ballet and the Bolshoi. Boo hoo for those of us in North America, who will once again miss seeing the San Francisco Ballet … 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!

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres for Strings & Percussion” at the SF Symphony

  Happy July! There is something about going to the symphony in the summer that makes it feel like such a different experience from its wintertime counterpart. How strange to enter Davies Symphony Hall while it’s still light outside. Inside, you stand at any of the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows—in truth, one entire side of the building … Read moreArvo Pärt’s “Fratres for Strings & Percussion” at the SF Symphony

10 Reasons Those Pointe Shoes Hurt

The long-held dream has finally actualized, and you now own your first pair of pointe shoes. At last! The thrill of calling those expensive, pink/peach, satiny, torpedo-shaped shoes your own. The pride. The satisfaction. The—yikes!—pain. Yup. The pain. Why? you might be crying, even after weeks into the ordeal. Even after having done all the … Read more10 Reasons Those Pointe Shoes Hurt

Diablo Ballet celebrates 25 years with Adam’s “Once Upon a Time”

Diablo Ballet turns 25 this season, and that’s something worth celebrating. And celebrate, they did, with a world premiere of a full-length ballet, Once Upon a Time, on March 22 and 23 at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts. Choreographer Julia Adam has woven a host of fairytale characters—Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and her stepsisters, Alice in … Read moreDiablo Ballet celebrates 25 years with Adam’s “Once Upon a Time”