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Smuin 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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“Engaging, fresh. Irresistible! Smuin dancers are excellent.”
The New York Times
“Heart-stopping. Delightful.”
Huffington Post
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Smuin’s 2017 Gala set a new record for funds raised in support of Smuin’s innovative programming, raising over $455,000! Gala Co-Chairs Patti & Jerry Hume and Athena & John Konstin, along with Smuin’s Board of Trustees and the Friends of Smuin host committee, hosted a sparkling event at The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center. Featuring cocktails, performance starring the Smuin dancers, dinner, live auction, and after-dinner dancing, the 2017 Gala was a night to remember.

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Backstage at Smuin

Uncharted Territory: Smuin’s 2017 Choreography Showcase

       Smuin’s 2017 Choreography Showcase recently concluded its run at ODC Theater following three memorable, sold out performances. Featuring works from seven Smuin dancers (and one Smuin alumnus), the Choreography Showcase continues a [...]

Choreography & Curation: A Conversation with Smuin’s Artistic Director

       Since its debut in 2008, Smuin’s Choreography Showcase has become one of the Company’s much loved offerings. Artistic Director Celia Fushille ardently encourages Smuin’s dancers to develop their own voices as artists [...]

Designing a World Premiere: Madness, Rack, and Honey

       When Smuin’s newest original work, a “rollicking” contemporary piece from Garrett Ammon, premiered on September 29, 2016, audiences witnessed a poetic inclination that Smuin dancers quickly morphed into "an infectious good time." [...]

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