Last June, SFDanceworks made a gigantic splash with its inaugural season, playing to capacity houses and adding an extra show to meet demand. For the upcoming Season 2 — which offers a broad lineup of vintage and contemporary works that should satisfy any dance enthusiast — the opening-night performance was sold out two weeks ahead. Artistic director James Sofranko (also a soloist with San Francisco Ballet) says, “I want to show the past, present and future of dance, not just classical ballet or modern. I want to have some masterworks that come from the past generation, as well as choreographers working today who are their prime, and pieces created today by emerging artists — which is the future. I never got to dance anything by British choreographer Christopher Bruce, and he has had a distinguished career for a long time. I contacted him directly, and he actually suggested “Shadows.” It’s newer, but it has his signature style stamped on it.”.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren performed a beautiful, romantic contemporary routine with Val Chmerkovskiy, and wowed the judges, “It’s Week 1, What’s going on?” asked Carrie Ann, Len called the dance, “lovely, a mix of light and shade,” and Bruno said it was a great piece of dancing but that Elizabeth should extend her lines more, And then things took a turn, Bill Nye (“the Science Guy”) showed off his swing-dance black baby girl shoes and headband, baby ballerina shoes, baby ballet slippers, toddler shoes, newborn shoes, satin baby shoes, moves in rehearsal but they didn’t translate over to the cha-cha-cha he did with new pro Tyne Stecklein, He was really stiff and awkward, and Len said the dance was “like being waxed: painful while happening, lovely when it was over,” without enough cha-cha-cha, But Carrie Ann pointed out that it was contestants like Bill, smiling and happy, that makes the show the special thing it is, Bill may not be around for another week to improve, and teaching him to dance may be beyond Tyne’s instruction abilities as a first-timer..
This highly physical connection — often with partners who start out as total strangers in a class but end up as friends — is what draws many people to the style. Such was the case for Ariel Mihic, who teaches AcroYoga at the Sports Basement in San Francisco and with the BayAcro program. “It’s built on partnership, on communication and trust — it takes a lot of trust to balance on somebody’s feet,” says Mihic, who has been involved with Acro for about six years. “To me, it’s the community aspect that’s important. With many traditional yoga styles, it’s about the mental aspects, the presence, the meditation, often in classes where people come in and go out without even saying hello to each other. And that’s great if that’s what you’re looking for.
Kalani Davis, 10, and Rhyana Robinson 11, were doing just that at a workshop hosted by Oakland-based Black Girls Code that was instructing girls how to build droid robots, Davis and Robinson were following instructions on an app assembling different pieces to build the small robots, and they were looking forward to playing with the robot when complete, Neither of them are quite sure if they want black baby girl shoes and headband, baby ballerina shoes, baby ballet slippers, toddler shoes, newborn shoes, satin baby shoes, to build robots as part of their profession later in life, but they were happy to have the option to do it for fun at the festival, Davis said..
Peninsula Youth Theatre. “Oliver!” Through May 18. “Orphaned Oliver Twist navigates the perils of Victorian London in this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel.” Book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. Directed by Roberta Inscho-Cox. Choreographed by Jennifer Vaillancourt. Vocal direction by Meg Fischer. Orchestral direction by Dan Shaindlin. 9:30 a.m. May 15, 1 adn 6:30 p.m. May 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 17, 1 p.m. May 18. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $7-20. 650-903-6000.
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