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San Francisco Ballet Announces World Ballet Day

Five World Class Ballet Companies Join Viewers in Interactive Online Event

Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet will join in celebrating World Ballet Day by streaming live online from their rehearsal studios. On Wednesday, October 1st, each company will start streaming live at the beginning of the dancers’ day. First up is the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, then on successively to Moscow, London, Toronto, and San Francisco. Each company will dance a very similar routine in their own style.

Taking advantage of interactive technology, the online system will be set up to allow the viewing audience to not only see morning class, warmup exercises, and rehearsals, but to ask the dancers, choreographers, and coaches questions. Audience members can also submit a film of themselves performing a pirouette from their location, anywhere in the world. Their contributions will be combined in a film celebrating dance around the world. Each company’s streaming will be repeated on YouTube, reaching audiences in worldwide time zones.

World Ballet Day is a development from Royal Ballet Live, which was a nine-hour live streaming via YouTube and The Guardian website in March 2012.

For more information, see www.sfballet.org/worldballetday and YouTube, as well as the web sites of the participating dance companies.

Bay Pointe Ballet Launches Second Season with New Hires and Promotions

South San Francisco's Bay Pointe Ballet enters its second season with three full length ballets and nine new dancers. Artistic Director Bruce Steivel announced the roster of newcomers, including: Principal artists Gregori Arakelyan, formerly of Nevada Ballet Theatre; Nathan Cottam, formerly of Serbia National Ballet; and Jonathan Dummar, formerly of Smuin and Joffrey Ballet. New members of the corps de ballet include artists Katya Duncan, TraeVontae Greer, Stephen Hallburn, Felicia McPhee, Constanza Murphy, Carlos Narvaez-Duran, and John Segundo. Dancer Shaina Leibson, formerly of Ballet San Jose, has been promoted to Soloist.

Grant Spencer, former artist with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Company C, and Sacramento Ballet, has joined the company as Ballet Master.

Reflecting on the merits of the company's first season veterans, Artistic Director Bruce Steivel remarked, "I am very pleased with our new and returning talent. The company is poised to enter its second season strong."

Bruce Steivel served as Artistic Director at several major companies around the globe including Bern Stadt Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, Universal Ballet of Korea, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Serbian National Ballet.

The 2014/2015 season repertoire includes Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia, all performed at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. The season will conclude with the second annual New Works Series performance, featuring new choreographers.

For more information, see http://baypointeballet.org/.

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