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4151 Star Starred
Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
At the corner of Civic Dr. and Locust St. 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596
925-943-7469
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"The Christmas Ballet"
12 ratings
4.6 average rating
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Edie O
11 events
4 reviews
14 stars
attended Nov 29 2008

First session more of the usual ballet, lovely enough. Second session a bit spicier and more fun...a nice evenging.

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22 events
4 reviews
1 stars
attended Nov 30 2008

Loved it start to finish----would go again in a heartbeat!!!

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54 events
3 reviews
15 stars
attended Nov 29 2008

Fun and cool. Good for a mid-sized ballet company. Obviously they can't compete with SF Ballet for other majors, but the choreography is smart and imaginative. A good show.

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Description

Smuin Ballet, the sexy, vibrant and entertaining dance company with roots in classical ballet, announces the 2008 Edition of The Christmas Ballet. The Bay Area tradition returns this winter for a season of holiday fun and frolic set to both classic and contemporary musical selection reflecting the spirit of the season.

Featuring an elegant Classical Act and joyful Cool Act, The Christmas Ballet is a magical treat for audiences of all ages. Calling The Christmas Ballet “vintage Smuin,” San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Rachel Howard claims, “…it isn’t quite Christmas in the Bay Area without it.”

The 2008 Edition will feature new additions from guest choreographers Val Caniparoli and Viktor Kabaniaev as well as Smuin Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert.

The Company will celebrate the holiday season with their Santa’s Sweets event, where the young and the young-at-heart are welcomed to sample sweets brought by Santa himself and meet members of the Company. Parents are welcome to bring their cameras for pictures with the Smuin Ballet dancers and Santa. The event will follow a matinee performance at each of the four venues.

Smuin Ballet kicked off its 15th Anniversary Season at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco to critical acclaim. Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert’s Been Through Diamonds exemplified her renowned “brilliant…abstraction” according to Rachel Howard of San Francisco Chronicle. The program also featured Guest Choreographer Robert Sund’s sexy, jazzy retelling Carmen as well as Michael Smuin’s Dances with Songs, the performance that founded Smuin Ballet. The Company will be presenting future performances of this program in Walnut Creek, Mountain View and Carmel in February and March of 2009.

<em>A Christmas Carol</em> <em>Irving Berlin's White Christmas</em> Disney's <em>The Lion King</em> <em>Beach Blanket Babylon</em> Sarah Silverman <em>A Christmas Carol</em> WinterFest at California's Great America Gladys Knight & The San Francisco Symphony San Francisco Ballet's <em>Nutcracker</em> <em>The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes</em> <em>A Christmas Carol</em>