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Smuin's THE CHRISTMAS BALLET To Live Stream World Premieres and More Photo Smuin's THE CHRISTMAS BALLET To Live Stream World Premieres and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2020

Smuin kicks off the holiday season with the first-ever virtual edition of its ever-popular The Christmas Ballet program.

Smuin Extends Virtual Classes In Pilates, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet & More Through Decembe Photo Smuin Extends Virtual Classes In Pilates, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet & More Through December 23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2020

Since launching in April, Smuin Contemporary Ballet has led hundreds of aspiring and professional dancers through Zoom-based drop-in Virtual Classes in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, dance-based fitness and more.

New Ballets Performed Around The Bay! Smuin Launches Virtual Series Photo New Ballets Performed Around The Bay! Smuin Launches Virtual Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2020

Smuin Contemporary Ballet announces its triumphant return to streaming performances with the launch of its Virtual Fall Dance Series.

Smuin Adds 'Class For A Cause' Benefiting Wildfire Relief and More to Virtual Classes Photo Smuin Adds 'Class For A Cause' Benefiting Wildfire Relief and More to Virtual Classes
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020

Since launching in April, Smuin Contemporary Ballet has led hundreds of aspiring and professional dancers through Zoom-based drop-in Virtual Classes in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, dance-based fitness and more. Taught by Smuin dancers and alumni, the latest extension of these popular classes for all levels of at-home dancers includes the addition of a?oeEasy Movin' with Smuina?? aimed at seniors and anyone interested in focusing on balance and coordination. Smuin also announces the continuation of its Class for a Cause program benefiting organizations supporting important needs in the community.

Smuin Extends Virtual Classes, Including HAMILTON-Inspired Hip Hop Class for A Cause Photo Smuin Extends Virtual Classes, Including HAMILTON-Inspired Hip Hop Class for A Cause
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2020

Since launching in April, Smuin Contemporary Ballet has led hundreds of aspiring and professional dancers at home through more than 350 hours of Virtual Classes. The latest extension (August 10 a?" September 4) announces the continuation of these popular classes taught by Smuin dancers and alumni, providing all levels of at-home dancersa?"beginner, intermediate, and advanceda?"with Zoom-based drop-in lessons in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and more.

Smuin Announces CLASS FOR A CAUSE and Extension of Virtual Summer Classes Photo Smuin Announces CLASS FOR A CAUSE and Extension of Virtual Summer Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2020

Smuin Contemporary Ballet has announced Class for a Cause, and the extension of its hit virtual classes featuring lessons in a variety of dance styles now through August 2, 2020.

Smuin Kicks Off Summer Session Of Virtual Classes Today Photo Smuin Kicks Off Summer Session Of Virtual Classes Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2020

Smuin Contemporary Ballet announces the extension of its hit virtual classes featuring lessons in a variety of dance styles now through July 5, 2020. Smuin's Virtual Classes taught by its Company artists and alumni provide at-home dancers of all levelsa?"beginner, intermediate, and advanceda?"with the opportunity to participate in Zoom-based drop-in lessons in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, and more.

Ma Cong's FRENCH TWIST Up Next In Smuin's Hump Day Ballets Series Photo Ma Cong's FRENCH TWIST Up Next In Smuin's Hump Day Ballets Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2020

Smuin Contemporary Ballet announces Ma Cong's fast and flirtatious French Twist as the next installment of its popular Hump Day Ballets series, which aims to brighten mid-week spirits with free video streaming of works from the company's archives. Inspired by the American cartoon a?oeTom and Jerry,a?? French Twist uses contemporary movement set to five musical selections by the late French composer Hugues Le Bars. Ma Cong's French Twist will be offered beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2020, accompanied by a video introduction with current company dancer Mengjun Chen, who attended Beijing Dance Academy a generation after Cong. The recorded performance will be available for 48 hours only, with streaming instructions announced through Smuin's email list (sign up at smuinballet.org), or via Smuin's Facebook (facebook.com/SmuinBallet) and Instagram (instagram.com/smuinballet). For more information the public may visit smuinballet.org.

Smuin Announces New Virtual Classes, Backstage Tutorials and More Photo Smuin Announces New Virtual Classes, Backstage Tutorials and More
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2020

Smuin Contemporary Ballet announced the expansion of its hit Virtual Class Program, featuring a brand new schedule packed with exclusive behind-the-scenes tutorials, lessons in all-new styles including tap and soft-shoe, and expanded offerings of its most popular classes.

Smuin Ballet Extends Virtual Classes, Adds Musical Theater With Weston Krukow Photo Smuin Ballet Extends Virtual Classes, Adds Musical Theater With Weston Krukow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2020

Due to popular demand, Smuin Contemporary Ballet has extended its drop-in classes for aspiring, retired, and professional dancers as Shelter-in-Place continues. All classes are a?oepay if and what you can,a?? and students are invited to try one class, sample a variety of styles, or enroll for a seriesa?"including newly announced Musical Theater dance classes with Emmy Award-winning choreographer Weston Krukow.

Smuin Launches Pay-What-You-Can Virtual Classes For All Levels April 13 Photo Smuin Launches Pay-What-You-Can Virtual Classes For All Levels April 13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2020

As Shelter-in-Place continues, Smuin Contemporary Ballet offers aspiring, retired, and professional dancers the chance of a lifetime to dance along with the company's world-class artists and instructors in the comfort of their own home.

Photo Flash: Smuin Wraps Up 25th Anniversary Season With Stunning DANCE SERIES 02 Photo Photo Flash: Smuin Wraps Up 25th Anniversary Season With Stunning DANCE SERIES 02
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019

Smuin concludes its quarter-century celebration with a tribute to founder Michael Smuin and his vibrant works set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, and others. The Best of Smuin will feature the return of timeless favorites such as the red-hot chair solo "Fever," along with highlights from Dancin' With Gershwin and more. Sharing the bill is the smashing world premiere of "Renaissance" by master dancemaker Amy Seiwert, honoring Michael's legacy as an innovator in ballet, dance, and beyond.

Photo Flash: Smuin Lights Up Bay Area With Annual Holiday Treat THE CHRISTMAS BALLET Photo Photo Flash: Smuin Lights Up Bay Area With Annual Holiday Treat THE CHRISTMAS BALLET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles offers both sugar and spice, with the surprise unwrapping of new treats every year. The 2017 edition of The Christmas Ballet features three saucy world premieres one by acclaimed Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert, another created by Smuin dancer Rex Wheeler, and a debut number choreographed by dancer Erica Felsch. An exuberant holiday treat that was declared the finest toast to the season by the San Francisco Chronicle last year, The Christmas Ballet will tour the Bay Area, beginning with shows in Walnut Creek (November 17-18), continuing in Carmel (December 1-2) and Mountain View (December 6-10), and wrapping up with its annual holiday run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (December 14-24). Tickets ($25-$89) are available by calling the individual venues (see below for details) or visiting www.smuinballet.org.

BWW Reviews: Michael Pink's NUTCRACKER Perfects Visions of Sugarplums
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 24, 2013

While 'visions of sugarplums' may appear fantastical, Artistic Director Michael Pink presents these marvelous performance delights for the city this December. Under Pink's direction and choreography, The Milwaukee Ballet presents Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker for another holiday season. While Pink's revisions have created treasured memories for the past decade during his tenure, various other versions along with live music from the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra have transformed the ballet into reality in Milwaukee for almost 40 years.