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17 JANUARY 2015

Calling Flamenco lovers: help build a bridge between Spain and America

Photo: Amir Jaffer.


In 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared Flamenco as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity, in an effort raise awareness and encourage the local communities of Spain to protect and sustain the art form. Despite …

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Top 10 Gifts for Dance Lovers

Ballet to the People hates shopping. She refuses to be sucked into a giant conspiracy by the military-industrial-e-commerce complex. So she turns into a pumpkin after sixty minutes in a mall.

But she does enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect gift for the hard-to-please. This holiday season, here’s what …

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13 NOVEMBER 2014

Green Lions and Word Performances Spark at Great Star Theater

Leigh Donlan loiters at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco’s Chinatown:


Set design for Green Lions by Zarina Zabrisky

Over one hundred years ago, Russian art critic and impresario Sergei Diaghilev revolutionized the theatrical experience by inviting renowned artists and writers to collaborate on equal terms with …

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11 NOVEMBER 2014

Naughty and Nice: Holiday Dance Around the Bay

Leigh Donlan raises her glass of champagne (never mind that it’s only 10 in the morning):


Smuin Ballet strutting their holiday stuff (Photo: Keith Sutter)


They’re back!

The holidays, that is. And though it’s eighty degrees here in Northern California and I’m still wearing flip-flops, there are snowflakes, …

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A Date with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival


From Narcissus to be aired at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival this week (Photo: Francesco Segre)


Like a World Series hitter, a dance critic today must be prepared not only for the customary fastballs and curveballs, but also the dreaded change-up. Ballet to the People is used …

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