This year San Francisco Ballet’s Audience Engagement program Ballet Insights examines a small selection of 20th Century Greats. We take an in-depth look into famous innovators and star artists and ask who they are, why they are celebrated (or not), and what contributions they made to dance and ballet. Join us for one or all three sessions of Ballet Insights which includes a lecture followed by a panel discussion. All sessions are on zoom and end with Q&A so you will have a chance to ask your questions.

  • Session 1, October 17: Great Pop Stars of Ballet: Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov
    • Panelists include SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, Ballet Master & Assistant to the Artistic Director Ricardo Bustamante, and former SFB Principal Dancer Karin Averty
    • Lecture by Dance Educator Claire Sheridan
  • Session 2, October 24: Who gets to be great? Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth Page, Josephine Baker, and other pioneering artists who met obstacles related to gender and race.
    • Panelists include Dance Historian and Author Lynn Garafola, Dance Researcher on Equity and Diversity in Ballet Brandye Lee, and Choreographer Claudia Schreier.
    • Lecture by Dance Historian and Author Jennifer Fisher
  • Session 3, October 31: Great American ballet dancer and teacher: Arthur Mitchell and his legacy
    • Panelists include Dance Theatre of Harlem's Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and former Resident Choreographer and Principal Dancer Robert Garland.
    • Lecture by Dance Historian and Author James Steichen

Dates: October 17, October 24, and October 31

Time: 2:00–3:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: General Admission: $25 per session / Subscribers and Donors: $20 per session

Classes go off sale at 10 am the morning of the event and Zoom links will be sent shortly thereafter.

SF Ballet's audience engagement classes are sponsored by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, a philanthropic group of women that works tirelessly to support SF Ballet through volunteering, enhancing visibility, promoting community support, and assisting in fundraising. To learn more, visit SF Ballet Auxiliary.