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Ballet Sun Valley Presents San Francisco Ballet Performing At Sun Valley Pavilion


Ballet Sun Valley Presents San Francisco Ballet Performing At Sun Valley Pavilion Ballet Sun Valley announces today that it will present the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Ballet led by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, July 5 and 7, 2019, in the Sun Valley Pavilion. This much anticipated weekend of dance will also feature an Education Program, that was developed to inspire and teach all levels of ballet to young students from around the country.

Ballet Sun Valley's inaugural Festival was held in 2012 when it presented San Francisco Ballet. This performance received rave reviews of the San Francisco Ballet as did the Sun Valley Pavilion as a venue for dance. Passionate supporters of world-class ballet were mesmerized by the beauty of internationally acclaimed dancers performing in an open-air venue that created a unique intimacy between the art-form, the bending aspens and drifting clouds, and, the Pavilion audience. A long-time ballet enthusiast observed, "A pure joy!"

The San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing creative boundaries in dance, is led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson. Mr. Tomasson's professional dance career spans from Europe to New York City Ballet where this company's founding choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, both created roles expressly for Tomasson. SF Ballet, known for its excellence in classical ballet, is also known for the ability of its dancers to perform the most challenging and demanding contemporary works. The company's 2018 season included the "Unbound Festival," a festival of twelve new works by some of today's most celebrated choreographers and a series of some of the most cutting-edge dance in the world of ballet.

Ballet Sun Valley's Festival 2019 will feature two very distinct programs. The first evening will be a Gala-style performance, with a number of pas de deux and shorter dances. The second night will feature a mixed repertory-style performance with three longer works.

Tickets to Ballet Sun Valley's performances on July 5th and 7th go on sale December 5, 2018. To purchase tickets, visit: or

For more information about the 2019 program, ticketing and sponsorship information, visit the Ballet Sun Valley website: or


Ballet Sun Valley is a corporate non-profit organization, the predecessor of which was founded in 2011 to bring international ballet to the Sun Valley, Idaho area. Its founder was a long-time member of the Board of San Francisco Ballet and its first festival brought the San Francisco Ballet to the Pavilion. Since its inception, Ballet Sun Valley performances have featured choreography from some of the ballet world's leading dance makers, including George Balanchine, William Forsyth, Helgi Tomasson, Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck. Dancers who have performed in Ballet Sun Valley festivals include dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Ballet in London, The Paris Opera Ballet, and the Mariinsky Ballet, among others.

Ballet Sun Valley's Education Program draws on the talents and experience of invited dancers to provide free dance classes to students from around the United States.


San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. Founded in 1933, San Francisco Ballet staged the first full-length American productions of Coppélia (1938) and Swan Lake (1940) and, in 1944, SF Ballet launched an annual holiday tradition when the Company produced the first full-length production of Nutcracker in the US.

Led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet is accompanied by its own orchestra and operates one of the country's most prestigious schools of ballet. Today SF Ballet builds on its heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from today's top choreographers, by uncovering new choreographic talent, and by staging modern classics and the works that make up the canon of classic ballet. The Company's approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes San Francisco Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.

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