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Smuin Ballet Announces New Dancers

Smuin Ballet has announced that four new dancers have joined the Company for the upcoming 2014-2015 Season.

Sarah Nyfield, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, danced with Orlando Ballet in the 2005 season under the artistic direction of Fernando Bujones, under Bruce Marks in 2006-2008, and Robert Hill in the 2009-2010 season. In 2012-2013 she performed with San Diego Ballet, and joined Company C Ballet for 2013-2014.

Kevin James hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He trained with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and graduated from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance with Honors. He then joined Sarasota Ballet for two seasons. Before coming to Smuin Ballet, he danced for three seasons with Minnesota Ballet.

Dustin James is a native of Houston, Texas. He trained at Houston Ballet II before joining BalletMet Columbus. After four seasons in Columbus, he joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem for two seasons. He has also danced with the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, California and as a guest artist with Sierra Nevada Ballet.

Robert Moore began his dance training in Indianapolis with the White River Ballet Company. He went on to join the Boston Ballet II in 1996 and in 1998 was promoted to the Boston Ballet Company. He danced a variety of roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before joining Smuin Ballet.

The new dancers' first public performance with Smuin will be in the Untamed Dance Series, October 3-11 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. For more information, see the October calendar or Smuin Ballet.

San Francisco Ballet Appoints Christopher Stowell as Ballet Master

San Francisco Ballet has announced the appointment of former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Christopher Stowell to the title of ballet master and assistant to the artistic director, effective August 25, 2014. Prior to the appointment, Stowell served as Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Stowell will serve as Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s designate and liaison to Executive Director Glenn McCoy and SF Ballet’s administrative team on matters of planning, budgeting, program expense management, scheduling, and artist and season management. As Ballet Master, he will teach Company class and rehearse ballets for the repertory season.

Stowell joined San Francisco Ballet in 1985 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1990. A native of New York City, he trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In 1985 he joined SF Ballet, where he danced for sixteen years. As a principal, Stowell performed leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Othello, and had roles created for him by Tomasson, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and James Kudelka. Stowell appeared in almost every Balanchine ballet performed by San Francisco Ballet.

Stowell has taught and coached in San Francisco, New York, Japan, China, and Europe. He has created new works for San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute. He has also staged the works of George Balanchine and Mark Morris.

In 2003, Stowell became Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second artistic director, serving until 2012. In addition to creating eight world premieres for OBT, he commissioned works by renowned choreographers James Kudelka, Kent Stowell, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam, and Nicolo Fonte.

San Francisco Ballet Announces Addition of New Soloist and Ruben Martin Cintas as Principal Character Dancer

San Francisco Ballet has announced the addition of a new soloist, Italian native Carlo Di Lanno. A 2011 graduate of La Scala Ballet School, he has danced with La Scala Ballet and Staatsballett Berlin in soloist and demi-soloist roles by esteemed choreographers, including George Balanchine, Boris Eifman, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, and Alexei Ratmansky.

Also announced, San Francisco Ballet School Faculty Member and former Principal Dancer Ruben Martin Cintas has been named a principal character dancer with the Company.

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