About Eva Faizi

Eva Faizi has worked at Smuin since 2013, leading the box office and supporting marketing and development. Eva now acts as Communications Managaer and as both a classically trained dancer and longtime Smuin supporter, her deep knowledge of ballet technique and its history makes her a unique asset to the Company. With degrees in both dance and global studies from UC Santa Barbara and 10 years of experience teaching dance and working in office administration, she can deftly traverse the worlds of art and business.

Bells of Dublin— Shannon Hurlburt Returns!

        Shannon Hurlburt first joined Smuin Contemporary Ballet in 1998 as a bright-eyed young dancer with a penchant for showmanship. After sixteen seasons of originating countless roles and creating three mainstage premieres with the Company, Hurlburt stepped away from performing full-time in 2014. Michael Smuin described him as “an incredibly versatile [...]

Bells of Dublin— Shannon Hurlburt Returns!2018-11-30T11:21:18-07:00

New Works for the Holidays: the 24th Edition of The Christmas Ballet

        Smuin’s signature holiday program, The Christmas Ballet, is like a festive box of chocolates. While each season marks the return of many audience favorites from founder Michael Smuin, the Company looks forward to surprising audiences with new works every winter. Since its debut in 1995, no two productions of The [...]

New Works for the Holidays: the 24th Edition of The Christmas Ballet2018-11-26T11:37:23-07:00

Halloween Special: Smuin Style Costumes

        Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to get creative! How are you celebrating the spookiest day of the year? Smuin has a long history of crazy costumes over the last 25 years of performances. Check out the photos of some of our recent standouts–complete with fun facts [...]

Halloween Special: Smuin Style Costumes2018-11-02T09:14:27-07:00

Support Smuin’s 25th Anniversary Season

        “When I think back to Smuin’s very first performance, I recall being filled with anticipation and hope about what the future might hold. We were a pick-up company of 10 dancers with a founder who had a dream. Michael Smuin was a visionary who inspired his dancers, entertained his audiences, [...]

Support Smuin’s 25th Anniversary Season2018-10-18T14:15:20-07:00

Smuin’s Emerging Choreographers Take the Stage!

        Smuin rings in its 25th year with a lively celebration of dance, beginning with Dance Series 01, which honors the past with entertaining and iconic Michael Smuin repertoire. This first program of the season also looks to the future of contemporary ballet, featuring three emerging choreographers on the mainstage, all [...]

Smuin’s Emerging Choreographers Take the Stage!2018-10-18T14:13:31-07:00

Meet Smuin Apprentice Jonah Corrall!

        After completing almost a full season of performances with Smuin Contemporary Ballet, trainee Jonah Corrall will continue his work with the Company as an apprentice for the 2018/19 season. At only 19, Corrall has appeared in a variety of timeless Michael Smuin pieces, as well as in Smuin’s most recent [...]

Meet Smuin Apprentice Jonah Corrall!2018-10-18T14:07:07-07:00

Meet Smuin’s New Dancers!

        As a company, Smuin Contemporary Ballet prides itself on presenting bold, new works performed by dancers who are both skilled artists and athletes. This season, Smuin is pleased to welcome five new dancers and two visiting artists to the stage! Ian Buchanan, Maggie Carey, Alysia Chang, Peter Kurta, Tess Lane, [...]

Meet Smuin’s New Dancers!2018-10-18T14:04:30-07:00

Smuin’s 2018/19 Season: Celebrating 25 Years!

        Smuin celebrates its silver anniversary this season! The Company, established in 1994, began as a pick-up company of 10 dancers and has blossomed into the thriving voice in Bay Area dance that it is today. For over 10 years Celia Fushille has enriched the Company’s impressive repertoire with contemporary choreographic [...]

Smuin’s 2018/19 Season: Celebrating 25 Years!2018-11-27T13:36:57-07:00

A Tribute to Dancer Erica Chipp-Adams

        Speaking with dancer Erica Chipp-Adams, it’s easy to see why her effervescent presence will be missed at Smuin Contemporary Ballet. Following the 2017/18 season, Chipp-Adams will be hanging up her pointe shoes to take on an entirely new role inspiring generations of dancers to come.   [...]

A Tribute to Dancer Erica Chipp-Adams2018-10-18T13:58:09-07:00

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Jonathan Powell

         Down to earth and approachable, former Smuin dancer Jonathan Powell isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. After eight seasons of performing with the Company, the dancer took his final bows on stage in March 2018. “I’m so thankful that my eight years at Smuin have been just so [...]

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Jonathan Powell2018-10-18T13:57:00-07:00

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