Ballet Alert! Alert

Alexandra Tomalonis–Washington Post freelancer, ballet biographer, DanceView Times editor, and critic?s mentor extraordinaire?is handing off leadership of her online forum Ballet Alert! in order to concentrate on teaching and writing and...

Ole! Juaniere

I was fortunate to catch flamenco siren La Tania?s penultimate Bay Area performance in San Francisco Friday. Paul Parish saw her last farewell show the following night in Berkeley, and captured it masterfully for the DanceView Times: ?The hall at...

I was late to the genius of tap prodigy Savion Glover, first seeing him live last year at an SF Jazz-sponsored show I reviewed for Voice of Dance. As if that evening weren?t envelope-pushing enough, he?s moved on to classical music?specifically...

New Beginnings?

It was more than business as usual in these year-end reflection columns from the New York Times? Anna Kisselgoff and the New York Observer?s Robert Gottlieb. Yesterday?s column is something of a send-off for Kisselgoff, the lead dance critic at...

Farewell La Tania

Hot dance-going tip from Pam Hagen at the San Francisco Dance Center: The always fiery and elegant La Tania, my favorite flamenco dancer in the Bay Area, is moving permanently to Spain and giving her farewell performances this weekend. Tonight...

Liz Rising

Dance lovers have been searching this site for San Francisco Ballet soloist Liz Miner in recent days. But if you want to read about Liz, you?ll have to look elsewhere?at your nearest newsstand, specifically, for the latest issue of Dance...

Ballet en travesti

The New Yorker?s Joan Acocella checks out Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: ?The Trocks? business is comedy, and the basic joke, of course, is that men are dancing women?s roles. Just to see those size-10 point shoes, those yawning armpits...

Forward-looking retrospection

The New Year can be a disorienting time. For a week you?re told to reflect on the past. Then the ball drops and all eyes are trained on the future. But isn?t the distinction a bit arbitrary? It must have seemed so to Allan Ulrich, for he...

Fuzzy math

The Chronicle asked me to choose 10 dance events to look forward to in 2005. Using some experimental accounting, I managed to pack in at least twice that, depending on how you want to crunch the numbers. A cheat? Yes, but who can resist when...

Sarah Van Patten comes of age

A wonderful cast at the new San Francisco Ballet ?Nutcracker? last night. I went specifically to see soloist Sarah Van Patten debut in the grand pas de deux, and I was not disappointed. I was slow to warm to Van Patten when she joined SFB from...

Even the New York Times? Anna Kisselgoff calls San Francisco Ballet?s new ?Nutcracker? ?visually smashing,? ?elegant and beautiful,? and the company itself of ?international rank.?

New “Nutcracker” Giddiness

I nearly broke my elbow Friday night. I?d recently polished my hardwood floors, and I came home so excited by the new San Francisco Ballet ?Nutcracker? that I started slipping and sliding around and then decided to get a running start and then ...