My review of San Francisco Ballet?s 2004 season is out in this month?s Dance Magazine. The article is not online, but here?s a taste:

?It took a full-length world premiere by Mark Morris to draw the international press to San Francisco Ballet in 2004, but that choreographic coup was only the high-point finish of a landmark season.

Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson pulled out all the programming stops during his nineteenth year in charge, offering two bills in tribute to George Balanchine?s centennial and one in recognition of Frederick Ashton?s, and topping it all with well-crafted premieres by in-house choreographers. In the process he showcased a diverse company that, from the youngest corps members on up, can make a blinding array of classicism?s facets sparkle.?

If you want to read more, you?ll have to buy the magazine. And if you haven?t picked up Dance Magazine since the redesign, I recommend getting reacquainted. The new look is clean and bold, with an emphasis on artful photographs that convey motion?no more endless gallery of tutu studio portraits with cotton candy pink backgrounds (though I have a soft spot for those, too). American Ballet Theatre?s Erica and Herman Cornejo zoom across this month?s cover, with a package of stories on Latin dancers inside. I also contributed a small report on Margaret Jenkins?s new CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) program, which fielded some interesting pairings for its first year, including Erika Shuch with Joe Goode, and Alma Esperanza Cunningham with Robert Moses. Check it all out and let me know what you think.

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