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“Baseballet” Blends Smuin and the Giants

Is there a common link between ballet and baseball? Smuin Ballet Company members Weston Krukow and Ben Needham-Wood explore the similarities between the competitive and artistic disciplines in a CSN Bay Area documentary dance short titled Baseballet. Weston Krukow, son of San Francisco Giants announcer and former Major League pitcher Mike Krukow, grew up playing [...]

“Smuin Ballet is back in action!”

Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series One opened at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek this past weekend. Featuring the world premiere of Choreographer-In-Residence Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open, the return of Michael Smuin’s Bouquet and Ma Cong’s French Twist, and Company member Ben Needham-Wood’s Maslow, the program was packed with a variety of offerings. Reviewer Allan Ulrich [...]

Maslow Embodies Smuin’s Fearless Spirit and Originality

Smuin Ballet is known for offering a break from tradition—a new style, a new angle, a new perspective through which to view the art of dance. Following the inspiration of founder Michael Smuin, the company investigates alternate styles, as well as rising voices in the world of dance. In advancing Michael’s fearless spirit and originality, [...]

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