Madness, Rack, and Honey: Behind Garrett Ammon’s Ballet

       Witnessing Garrett Ammon work in the studio is no passive task. He is observant and methodical in his interactions with the dancers, watching hawk-eyed as his steps and phrases slowly connect and grow into a much larger work. Ammon’s original work for Smuin, Madness, Rack, and Honey, is an ambitious and distinctively [...]

Meet Smuin’s New Dancers!

        Smuin welcomes five new dancers to the stage for the 2016/17 season: Ben Warner, Michael Wells, Tessa Barbour, Valerie Harmon, and Lauren Pschirrer. Joining us from all across the country, the newest members of Smuin bring their own unique flair to our works both classical and contemporary. Like so many of [...]

“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 to a Strange Land and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, the program offered a wide variety of musical and [...]

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 artistry and tremendous skill as a dancer, she’s performed many key roles in Smuin productions over the years, and is [...]

On the Road with Smuin Ballet

This February, Smuin Ballet traveled to Sarasota, Florida to perform our Dance Series One program. Presented by Sarasota Ballet at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Smuin’s five performances were a sold-out success. “We enjoyed wonderful exchanges with their directors, staff and dancers,” said Artistic Director Celia Fushille. Smuin Ballet enjoys a long history [...]

Happy New Year: Looking Ahead with Smuin Ballet

A very happy New Year to you from all of us at Smuin Ballet! We have had a wonderful 2015, with engaging new dance works, treasured revivals, and of course our holiday classic The Christmas Ballet. Today, we look forward to the promise of 2016 and our many exciting events in the upcoming season! 2016 [...]

“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 Performs at San Mateo’s New State-of-the-Art Venue

For the first time in our history, Smuin Ballet will perform at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, bringing Dance Series Two to our South Bay audiences June 3-4, 2016. This state-of-the-art theater is the largest performing arts venue between San Francisco and San Jose, boasting 1,540 seats, more than 55,000 square feet, and a three-story, glass wall lobby. […]

A Peek Behind the Scenes at a Smuin Ballet Costume Fitting

On my first day at Smuin Ballet, I joined Company Manager, Jo Ellen Arntz, at the studio to work on costume fittings with the dancers for the premiere of “Ask Me,” by Choreographer Adam Hougland set to the music by Joan as Police Woman. The design process for the costumes was extensive as each dancer was interviewed and research was conducted to create unique pieces for each performer. […]

Smuin Ballet Alumnus Dazzles SF with his Heart

Michael Kruzich with his art piece “Still Beating”. Photo: Michael Kruzich One of the astounding artists to this year’s Hearts in San Francisco, the fundraising benefit for SF’s General Hospital’s Trauma Center, was none other than former Smuin Ballet dancer Michael Kruzich. Kruzich contributed a breathtaking piece at the annual event that took place on February 12, 2015.   […]


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