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Toni Bentley, the former New York City Ballet dancer whose wonderfully revealing first book, Winter Season, I?m finally reading, has a new nonfiction title slated for publication in October. If you thought Sisters of Salome, her book about...

SFB’s new soloist

San Francisco Ballet is on tour to London, and the company?s new soloist, 18-year-old Royal Ballet School grad Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt, talks to the Independent: ?Before being signed up by San Francisco Ballet, she was offered contracts with...

Passion for fashion

My review of the Hagen & Simone/TONGUE double-header is now up on Voice of Dance: ?ODC Theater manager Rob Bailis has a flair for provocative programming. Last weekend he paired San Francisco?s Hagen & Simone with Los Angeles?s TONGUE...

The Season Ahead

Anita Amirrezvani, in what one hopes is not her final article on dance for the San Jose Mercury News, starts her roundup of fall?s dance events on a downbeat note: ?Fall brings with it the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area dance season, often...

It?s true: The San Jose Mercury News? dance critic Anita Amirrezvani (click here for a taste of her thoughtful work) has been reassigned from the dance beat to the copy desk. She tells me there are no plans she knows of afoot to hire a...

Recommended this week

–ODC Theater has a promising double feature running tonight through Saturday. Hagen and Simone, AKA the ever theatrical and fashion-minded Kevin Clarke and Monique Jenkinson, present ?Future Perfect,? pairing Strunk and White?s ?Elements of...

Birthday Bash

I?m in the Chronicle today, writing about a surprise celebration of Bay Area dance: ?You’d expect a socialite to fete her 50th birthday with dinner and dancing, but former cookie magnate and professional dancer Linda Rawlings has decided to...

Allan Ulrich reports in the Chronicle today on a new film about the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: ?The names and histories of those dancers — Alicia Markova (now 93), Maria Tallchief, Irina Baronova and Tatiana Riabouchinska (two of the...

Speaking out

A big day for dialogue in the dance world yesterday. In response to the New York Times article on patrons who sponsor individual dancers, Dance Magazine editor Wendy Perron writes to the paper: ?Because dance doesn’t get the media support...

In previous posts I’ve referred to Michael Smuin’s company as Smuin Ballets/SF. Alert readers will notice the company has rechristened itself Smuin Ballet. The name is much improved. The company also has a snazzy new web site, and...

Ballet in the park

Paul Parish reviews San Francisco Ballet?s Stern Grove performance for the DanceView Times. Like so much that Paul writes, the whole review is so lively that I?m tempted to quote it in its entirety, but I?ll offer just this slice: ?Last year, or...

The New York Times reports on ballet companies whose patrons sponsor dancers: ?In a surprisingly entrepreneurial move, American ballet companies have recently begun allowing donors to sponsor individual dancers, for amounts that range from $2,500...

I can never see Balanchine?s ?Serenade? too many times?or read too many elucidating essays on it. This one is by Tom Phillips in the DanceView Times: ?Seventeen girls stand in blue light, with their feet parallel. One arm is raised, the hand...

Calling all dance review readers

The more I reflect upon the conclusion to my post ?Thinking out of the Niche,? the more those final lines sound like a futile and frustrated directive to no one but myself. Last week I harped about the need to continue pitching dance criticism to...

Voice of Dance?s Allan Ulrich also reveled in San Francisco Ballet?s Stern Grove appearance: ?Having returned from its annual holiday a month ago, the S.F. Ballet is gearing up for next month?s tour to the Athens Festival and Sadler?s Wells...