Smuin Ballet’s charming “Christmas Ballet,” Ronnie Burkett’s naughty puppets and a comedy benefit for wildfire victims top my Weekend Top 10. 1 Smuin Contemporary American Ballet: Few holiday programs are as entrenched in the Bay Area as the company’s annual “Christmas Ballet” show. An amalgam of traditional and contemporary ballet, tap, jazz, Latin and other styles, the show delivers a blend of sass, humor and poignancy, with a dancing Christmas tree and what is claimed to be the world’s longest feather boa thrown in for good measure. This year’s program boasts world premieres by choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and company dancers Erica Felsch and Rex Wheeler as well as such company longtime favorites as late company founder Michael Smuin’s “Santa Baby.” If this show can’t put you in a holiday mood, you’re desperately in need of some “It’s a Wonderful Life” remedial therapy.
For tickets, call 925- or go to www.firehousearts.org, “Sheri ballet leotards brands has danced in the show has been imparting her vast experience and professionalism to our young dancers,” says producer Ellen Smith, “In fact, we started our rehearsal process with a viewing of ‘Every Little Step,’ the movie about the 2006 revival of the show, “We are so proud of our actors as they have exceeded our expectations in this wonderful production.”, For tickets, call 925-324-7359 or go to www.diablotheatre.org..
Multiple performances on Dec. 20-21 should satisfy those who can’t imagine the holidays without a trip to the Candy Kingdom or a dance from the Sugar Plum Fairy. “I love watching the transformation of the company each year,” artistic director Graham Lustig said. “We have over 40 young dancers and the Mt. Eden High School Women’s Ensemble plus the professional dancers. They all rehearse under florescent lights in a studio. But as the production nears, we move to the Paramount Theatre, costumes are added, stage lights come on and the sounds of Tchaikovsky played by a full orchestra surround us all. Then the performers step onto the stage and the magic happens.”.
A flash mob of pink appeared on the Golden Gate Bridge Friday morning as nearly 100 people took part in a choreographed dance performed around the world in a global rise against violence targeting women, The hourlong march and dance on the bridge began at 8 a.m., as part of the international One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, It was a perfect start to a day with ballet leotards brands One Billion Rising events happening all over the city and the greater Bay Area, said Nancy Mancias, a national organizer for CodePink, an anti-war group that is partnered with the One Billion Rising campaign..
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