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Smuin Contemporary Ballet

Contemporary Ballet

san francisco

dance group

Smuin pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression. Smuin offers audiences an experience of ballet that is entertaining, evocative, and original.

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Smuin pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression. Smuin offers audiences an experience of ballet that is entertaining, evocative, and original.

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Beg Adult Dance Sampler Series

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Sample a taste of a variety of dance styles in classes taught by Smuin Contemporary Ballet's Company dancers in these sessions that run one day a week for 4 consecutive weeks. Choose Tuesday nights, Saturday mornings, or both! Come move and groove with us in a supportive and fun atmosphere. No previous experience required. Subject to change. NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule. You may also contact Ellen Gaintner at egaintner@smuinballet.org with any questions or for more information. Example offering: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm 3/10 - Ballet with Ian Buchanan 3/17 - Jazz with Cassidy Isaacson 3/24 - Character with Mengjun Chen 3/31 - Contemporary with Brennan Wall Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm 3/14 - Ballet with Tess Lane 3/21 - Hip Hop with Ben Needham-Wood 3/28 - Castanets with Tessa Barbour 4/4 - Contemporary with Valerie Harmon

Sample a taste of a variety of dance styles in classes taught by Smuin Contemporary Ballet's Company dancers in these sessions that run one day a week for 4 consecutive weeks. Choose Tuesday nights, Saturday mornings, or both! Come move and groove with us in a supportive and fun atmosphere. No previous experience required. Subject to change. NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule. You may also contact Ellen Gaintner at egaintner@smuinballet.org with any questions or for more information. Example offering: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm 3/10 - Ballet with Ian Buchanan 3/17 - Jazz with Cassidy Isaacson 3/24 - Character with Mengjun Chen 3/31 - Contemporary with Brennan Wall Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm 3/14 - Ballet with Tess Lane 3/21 - Hip Hop with Ben Needham-Wood 3/28 - Castanets with Tessa Barbour 4/4 - Contemporary with Valerie Harmon

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Tuesday

6:00p - 7:30p

All Levels

Tuesday

6:00p - 7:30p

All Levels

Saturday

10:30a - 12:00p

All Levels

Saturday

10:30a - 12:00p

All Levels

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Beg/Int Ballet Series

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Beginning/Intermediate Ballet is a mixed level class that will be tailored to the dancers enrolled. This is a great opportunity for beginners to challenge themselves and intermediate dancers to focus on the fundamentals of ballet technique in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Subject to change. Choose Monday mornings, Wednesday mornings, or both! NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule.

Beginning/Intermediate Ballet is a mixed level class that will be tailored to the dancers enrolled. This is a great opportunity for beginners to challenge themselves and intermediate dancers to focus on the fundamentals of ballet technique in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Subject to change. Choose Monday mornings, Wednesday mornings, or both! NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule.

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Monday

10:00a - 11:30a

Beginning / Intermediate

Monday

10:00a - 11:30a

Beginning / Intermediate

Wednesday

10:00a - 11:30a

Beginning / Intermediate

Wednesday

10:00a - 11:30a

Beginning / Intermediate

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Int Ballet Series

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Intermediate ballet classes designed for the Bay Area's vibrant adult dance community! Classes will be tailored to the dancers enrolled as Smuin's Company dancers share their unique perspectives. Previous ballet training required. Subject to change. Sign up for Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings, or both! NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule. Example offering: Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm 3/11 - Mengjun Chen 3/18 - Terez Dean Orr 3/25 - Ian Buchanan 4/1 - Brennan Wall

Intermediate ballet classes designed for the Bay Area's vibrant adult dance community! Classes will be tailored to the dancers enrolled as Smuin's Company dancers share their unique perspectives. Previous ballet training required. Subject to change. Sign up for Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings, or both! NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule. Example offering: Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm 3/11 - Mengjun Chen 3/18 - Terez Dean Orr 3/25 - Ian Buchanan 4/1 - Brennan Wall

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Wednesday

6:00p - 7:30p

Intermediate

Wednesday

6:00p - 7:30p

Intermediate

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Int Ballet+ Workshop Series

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Ballet classes and workshops designed for the Bay Area's vibrant adult dance community. Classes will be tailored to the dancers enrolled as Smuin's Company dancers share their unique perspectives. Previous ballet training required. Subject to change. NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule. Example offering: Saturdays, 12 pm - 2:30 pm 3/14 - Ballet + Variations with Joao Sampaio 3/21 - Ballet + Contemporary with Ben Needham-Wood 3/28 - Ballet + Castanets with Tessa Barbour 4/4 - Ballet + Variations with Valerie Harmon

Ballet classes and workshops designed for the Bay Area's vibrant adult dance community. Classes will be tailored to the dancers enrolled as Smuin's Company dancers share their unique perspectives. Previous ballet training required. Subject to change. NOTE: This a series of classes (typically 4 consecutive weeks) that may already be underway. Please visit the Smuin Dance Center site for the latest schedule. Example offering: Saturdays, 12 pm - 2:30 pm 3/14 - Ballet + Variations with Joao Sampaio 3/21 - Ballet + Contemporary with Ben Needham-Wood 3/28 - Ballet + Castanets with Tessa Barbour 4/4 - Ballet + Variations with Valerie Harmon

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Saturday

12:00p - 2:30p

Intermediate

Saturday

12:00p - 2:30p

Intermediate

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Company Class

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Current and former professional dancers may inquire about taking Company class. Company class is taught weekday mornings from 9:30-10:45 am by a rotating list of world class teachers. To inquire, please email info@smuinballet.org.

Current and former professional dancers may inquire about taking Company class. Company class is taught weekday mornings from 9:30-10:45 am by a rotating list of world class teachers. To inquire, please email info@smuinballet.org.

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Monday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Monday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Tuesday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Tuesday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Wednesday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Wednesday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Thursday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Thursday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Friday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

Friday

9:30a - 10:45a

Advanced / Professional

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Founder

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Our Story

In 1994, Michael Smuin set out to “infuse ballet with the rhythm, speed, and syncopation of American popular culture,” and Smuin Contemporary Ballet (née Smuin Ballets/SF, or more recently, Smuin Ballet) was born. Michael Smuin’s vision lives on following his sudden passing in 2007, and the Company continues to push the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly modern style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression