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Smuin Ballet Company's THE CHRISTMAS BALLET Returns

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Smuin Ballet returns with THE CHRISTMAS BALLET, making its annual return with "a perfect gift for audience members of all ages."

The two distinct acts, Classical Christmas and Cool Christmas, are filled to the brim with an eye-catching array of ballet, tap, and swing, celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. The 2012 Edition includes new choreography from acclaimed Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and Smuin artists Darren Anderson and Jane Rehm to accompany time-honored favorites. The Christmas Ballet will tour the Bay Area, beginning with shows in Livermore, followed by Mountain View, Carmel, and its annual holiday run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Single tickets ($25-$65*) are available by calling the individual venues or visiting www.smuinballet.org * San Francisco venues only, other venues $49-$65

An ever-changing carousel of mischief and elegance, THE CHRISTMAS BALLET has a diverse set of seasonal offerings that satisfies all tastes. THE CHRISTMAS BALLET, 2012 EDITION will unwrap three world premieres, including one from Smuin artist Jane Rehm for Classical Christmas, set to the Canadian Brass version of “Here We Come A-Wassailing.” Cool Christmas will feature world premieres from Darren Anderson, set to “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and Amy Seiwert, set to “No Christmas for Me” by Zee Avi. A former dancer with Smuin Ballet, Seiwert has been choreographing since 1999 and has won numerous awards and critical accolades. Now an internationally-acclaimed choreographer, her works are in the repertory of Smuin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Carolina Ballet, as well as Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Colorado Ballet, Robert Moses KIN, and Ballet Austin. Rehm is a current dancer with Smuin Ballet, and Anderson was a Smuin Ballet Company member for four years until his retirement from dancing last spring. While continuing to choreograph for the Company, he has also taken a position as Smuin Ballet’s Community Relations Manager.


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