Smuin Ballet Alumni Return for 20th Anniversary Season

Photo: Darren Anderson
Smuin Ballet Alumni Photo: Darren Anderson

On May 4th, we hosted a special Alumni performance to celebrate our 20th Anniversary season with our electrifying XXCENTRIC Dance Series at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Shannon Hurlburt & Randy Post Photo: Vincent avery
Shannon Hurlburt & Randy Post Photo: Vincent Avery

It was definitely a momentous afternoon to remember. Prior to the curtain, Artistic Director Celia Fushille took the stage to welcome the audience and pay tribute to the Smuin Ballet alumni that was present.

 

Noe Serrano, Terez Dean, Ryan Camou, Erica Felsch Photo: Darren Anderson
Noe Serrano, Terez Dean, Ryan Camou, Erica Felsch
Photo: Darren Anderson

After a breathtaking performance, which included two world-premieres, “Tutto Eccetto il Lavandion (everything but the kitchen sink)” by Val Caniparoli, “But now I must rest” by resident choreographer Amy Seiwert, and Michael Smuin’s much loved “Dancin’ With Gershwin”, the current and former artists of the company had a rare opportunity to meet and mingle at an intimate post-show champagne reception in the Green Room backstage.

 

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Ryan Camou & Susan Roemer Photo: Vincent Avery

As expected, there were many laughs and exchanges of amusing and sentimental stories among the dancers and staff.

Lighting Director Michael Oesch, Company Manager Jo Ellen Arntz, Jennifer Jaffe, Artistic Director Celia Fushille Photo: Darren Anderosn
Lighting Director Michael Oesch, Company Manager Jo Ellen Arntz, Jennifer Jaffe, Artistic Director Celia Fushille Photo: Darren Anderson

 

 

Smuin Ballet’s inaugural performance was a fundraiser for the San Francisco Arts and Education Project on March 6 & 7 1994 at the exact same theater. The evening consisted of a full-length “Dances With Songs”, that was entirely created by Michael Smuin. The performance included popular Smuin Ballet works such as, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Foolish Things”, “Mambo”, and the iconic sizzling red hot chair solo that was set to “Fever”, which was first danced by alum Jennifer Jaffe!

Robin & Lily Semmelhack, Ballet Master Amy London, & Kaleen Opdyke & Oliver Hurlburt Photo: Darren Anderson
Robin & Lily Semmelhack, Ballet Master Amy London, and  Kaleen Opdyke & son Oliver Hurlburt Photo: Darren Anderson

 

Photo: Vincent Avery

Other alumni present were: Rika Onizuk, Noe Serrano, Kaleena Opdyke, Ryan Camou, Robin Semmelhack, Matthew Linzer, and Randy Post.

 

** Written by Darren Anderson (Smuin Ballet’s Communications Manager)

 

 

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