The San Francisco Ballet School Student Showcase demonstrates the School’s remarkable accomplishments throughout the year and gives audiences the rare opportunity to experience a performance by the next generation of ballet professionals.
Our 2018 Student Showcase performances will feature a short demonstration by students in Levels 2–8 choreographed by Karen Gabay. Over the course of the three nights of performances, SF Ballet upper-level students and Trainees will perform Helgi Tomasson’s Blue Rose and new works choreographed by SF Ballet dancers James Sofranko and Blake Johnston. SF Ballet School will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of Student Showcase with a performance of George Balanchine’s rousing Stars and Stripes, set to the music of John Philip Sousa.
On May 23, the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary hosts an annual fundraising dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, following the 6 pm opening night performance. Proceeds from this event will support the $1 million in scholarships and financial aid that the School distributes each year. Learn more at sfballet.org/studentshowcase.
As America’s oldest professional ballet academy, SF Ballet School is a distinguished training ground for young dancers from around the world. Under the combined leadership of Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and Director Patrick Armand, the curriculum first and foremost emphasizes clean technique within the classical ballet vocabulary, but with attention to versatility. By offering supplemental courses such as music, contemporary dance, and character dance, the School ensures that students are well prepared for demanding careers at prestigious companies world-wide. SF Ballet School’s formidable program immerses students in an environment that teaches discipline, self-motivation, technical expertise, grace, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts — all characteristics necessary for a professional ballet career but equally valuable to a life outside.
Image: SF Ballet School students perform Thatcher’s Panorama at the SF Ballet School 2017 Student Showcase. Photo by Erik Tomasson. Design by Cheree Berry Paper.