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Smuin Ballet pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression. Smuin offers audiences an experience of ballet that is entertaining, evocative, and original.

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Smuin Ballet is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization presenting world-class contemporary ballet in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area for more than 20 years!

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Backstage at Smuin Ballet

Punctuating Movement: A Conversation on the Creation of Oasis

Last weekend, Dance Series Two opened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. At Smuin’s Opening Night Dinner, the creators of Oasis spoke about the process of designing a new dance work. Check [...]

“Ingenuity and Gumption:” Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two

Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco this past weekend. Featuring the world premiere of choreographer Helen Pickett’s Oasis, and revisiting Jiří Kylián’s classic Return [...]

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Susan Roemer

Following an incredible nine-year career of dynamic dance performance and expressive movement with Smuin Ballet, Susan Roemer will  step away from performing and focus on her growing career as a costume designer. With her keen [...]

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