San Francisco Ballet’s annual Student Showcase celebrated San Francisco Ballet School’s exceptional students and its internationally recognized curriculum with three performances at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, May 20-22, 2015. Audiences watched the next generation of ballet professionals and at the same time supported the nation’s oldest ballet school.
Student Showcase performances included class demonstrations by students in levels 2-8 choreographed by faculty member Parrish Maynard. Advance-level students and Trainees performed a diverse array of works including the U.S. premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées Musicales and SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s own Bartók Divertimento. The program also featured two world premieres from SF Ballet Soloist James Sofranko and SF Ballet Apprentice Benjamin Freemantle.
Following the May 21st performance, San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary hosted a fundraising dinner and benefit for the school’s scholarship and financial aid programs.
Scenes from San Francisco Ballet Student Showcase and Dinner: