“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 [...]

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 [...]

Smuin’s Christmas Classics

At Smuin, we’re already in the mood for the holidays. Our dancers are hard at work rehearsing their favorite pieces from The Christmas Ballet and putting their own spin on new works! Every year of our holiday program marks a new experience for our dancers, crew, and staff. Even if you’ve already enjoyed The [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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