December 2 – 26

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Smuin’s fiercely festive The Christmas Ballet is a confection for everyone on your list. Your favorite choreography by Michael Smuin returns along with new delights from brilliant guest dancemakers. This year includes two world premieres and our signature showcase of classical and contemporary dances set to songs of the season.

The San Francisco Chronicle declared our holiday, on-stage tradition to be a gift of “sheer joy . . . the finest toast to the season.”

The two acts of The Christmas Ballet feature the best of both worlds: sublime classical ballet set to carols and red-hot contemporary works set to pop favorites. Don’t miss all the new treats we’ll unwrap this year composed of Smuin’s signature medley of ballet, contemporary, character, Broadway jazz, and tap.

On December 21 at YBCA, join us for our annual The Christmas Ballet LGBTQ+ Night as special guest star Lady Camden, the alter ego of Rex Wheeler, hosts the evening and steps into the red-hot heels of the iconic “Santa Baby” role for an unforgettable evening and after party to benefit Project Open Hand.

Dates and Locations

December 2-5, 2021: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View – Casting

December 10-11, 2021: Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

December 16-26, 2021: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco

December 21, 2021: LGBTQ+ Night and after-party to benefit Project Open Hand, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco

Past Performances

November 19-20, 2021: Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek – Casting

Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet Virtual Edition is an archival, on-demand, streaming option available now through the New Year. Don’t miss the festive film version of Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Celia Fushille’s unforgettable performance in the role she created: the incomparable “Santa Baby.”

Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s COVID-19 Policy for everyone’s protection.

All individuals ages 12+ will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the venue. Fully vaccinated means at least 14 days following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Each person aged 18+ must also provide a personal ID. Masks are required for everyone ages 2+ regardless of vaccination status. Please wear a mask that always covers your nose and mouth. Here are valid forms of proof of vaccination.

–Original, copy, or electronic photo of the CDC vaccination card (or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction)

–Documentation from a healthcare provider

–Download digital COVID-19 vaccine record on the Bindle app, and CA residents can download a digital copy here  https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov

–Personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by governmental jurisdictions including state, local, or foreign

Photo by Max van der Sterre

Calendar for The Christmas Ballet

  • 7:30pm

    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

    500 Castro St. Mountain View, CA

  • 7:30pm

    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

    500 Castro St. Mountain View, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

    500 Castro St. Mountain View, CA

  • 7:30pm
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    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

    500 Castro St. Mountain View, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

    500 Castro St. Mountain View, CA

  • 7:30pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 7:30pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 7:30pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 7:30pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 7:30pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

  • 2:00pm
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    Blue Shield of California Theater - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    700 Howard St. San Francisco, CA