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+00:00

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+00:00

“The Christmas Ballet,” Then & Now

        This season, Smuin celebrates the holidays with the 23rd edition of its iconic and festive favorite: The Christmas Ballet. We sat down with former Smuin dancer and current Artistic Director Celia Fushille to gain some insight into what goes into staging this Bay Area holiday classic and keeping it fresh [...]

“The Christmas Ballet,” Then & Now2018-11-26T11:41:01+00:00

Special Announcement: Smuin Partners with Lyft

        Calling all Bay Area arts lovers! Lyft, an innovative rideshare service located right here in San Francisco, has partnered with Smuin Contemporary American Ballet for their 2017/18 season! Smuin’s shows are unlike anything you will ever see. Since the Company’s debut in 1994, Smuin continues to entertain more than 30,000 [...]

Special Announcement: Smuin Partners with Lyft2017-11-21T16:30:23+00:00

“The Christmas Ballet”: New Works

Founder Michael Smuin set the bar high when it came to nurturing his dancers' creative talents. In a somewhat uncommon move, he invited his dancers to create original works for the Company. Smuin most notably mentored Amy Seiwert, who danced with the Company for nine years and is now Smuin’s resident choreographer. Seiwert will [...]

“The Christmas Ballet”: New Works2017-12-08T10:55:45+00:00

Behind the Boa with “Santa Baby”!

       A Christmas Carol  has Tiny Tim. Miracle on 34th St. has Santa. The Nutcracker has its prince. If any character were to exemplify Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet, it would be Santa Baby. Debuting during the very first performance of The Christmas Ballet in 1995, Santa Baby was initially choreographed by Michael Smuin [...]

Behind the Boa with “Santa Baby”!2017-12-08T10:58:31+00:00

Dancer Spotlight: Robby Kretz

The Christmas Ballet has only a few performances left in San Francisco! With the holidays and the new year just around the corner, we’re grateful for our many talented dancers, committed staff, dedicated patrons and donors. Recently, we sat down with new Smuin Ballet dancer Robby Kretz to talk about his experience with the Company. [...]

Dancer Spotlight: Robby Kretz2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

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 [...]

Supporting Smuin Ballet: An Interview with the Chens2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

The Christmas Ballet Reviews Are In!

Smuin Ballet’s The Christmas Ballet just concluded at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, following a fantastic run at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek and the Sunset Center in Carmel. An annual yuletide treat, The Christmas Ballet is full of dance offerings both classical and cool. New to The Christmas Ballet this year [...]

The Christmas Ballet Reviews Are In!2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

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