Nicole Haskins Takes on Creative Challenges

The 2016 Choreography Showcase is this weekend! This unique opportunity offers a space for Smuin’s dancers to choreograph short pieces on one another and perform them in a professional setting. Recently, we spoke with Company member Nicole Haskins about her experience in choreography and her piece for this year’s showcase. Nicole in Helen Pickett's [...]

Capturing a Season: Telling Smuin’s Story in Images

What goes into producing a new season at Smuin Ballet? After the repertoire has been confirmed and venues are secured, it’s time to create a visual library for the season. Since dance is a very visual medium, Smuin produces original photography to tell the company’s story through each of the season’s programs. Inspiration images [...]

The Next Generation of Dance Makers: Smuin Ballet’s Choreography Showcase 2016

January brings a unique choreographic presentation to the Smuin stage. The 2016 Choreography Showcase, presented at the ODC Theater, invites Company members to create short pieces in a variety of styles on one another. Held in an intimate space, attendees witness engaging new works and hear the dancers and choreographers discuss their artistic processes in [...]

Supporting Smuin Ballet: An Interview with the Chens

The holiday season is in full swing, and Saturday evening’s show of The Christmas Ballet at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts was a night to remember! This performance featured a walk-on appearance from Patti Chen, a member of the Golden State Warriors’ Jr. Jam Squad. At the end of our show, Patti [...]

Shannon Hurlburt Returns for The Christmas Ballet

Shannon Hurlburt in "Bells of Dublin." Tom Hauck, 2007. Former Company member Shannon Hurlburt is returning to the stage for select performances of The Christmas Ballet! Shannon will reprise his signature tap-dancing role in “Bells of Dublin.” “Hurlburt’s tap dance solo to The Chieftains’ ‘Bells of Dublin,’… almost stopped this show Friday, and [...]

Setting the Stage – Behind the Scenes of The Christmas Ballet

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Smuin Ballet! Following a fantastic opening in Walnut Creek, we were curious about the many details behind the scenes that make The Christmas Ballet magical. We sat down with Production Director and Stage Manager Kathryn T. Graham (KT) to learn more about what goes into this [...]

Restaging The Christmas Ballet: Q&A with Amy London

How are The Christmas Ballet pieces restaged every year? We sat down with Ballet Master Amy London to learn more about what goes into recreating this complex show each year with a new cast. Q: How do the new company members learn the whole show in just a few weeks? Amy London: Learning The Christmas [...]

Halloween Special: Smuin Costumes through the Years

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? Smuin Ballet has a long history of crazy costumes over 20 years of performances. Check out these photos--plus some stories from our Company Manager JoEllen Arntz--in the captions below! Michael Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet, 2004, Vanessa Thiessen Originally performed by Artistic Director Celia Fushille in the first Christmas [...]

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