Throwback Thursday: The Dancers Then & Now


We Raided Their Family Albums (And Found These Snaps)

Now that we are in the full swing of Nutcracker, we can’t help but adore all the inspired children who dance out of the theater with stars in their eyes. So in the spirit of Nutcracker’s effect on children, we raided the family albums of the Company dancers you’ll see onstage this year. We’ve paired their former selves with how they look now. 


Soloist, Dana Genshaft


Principal Dancer, Luke Ingham

Principal Dancer, Vanessa Zahorian

Principal Dancer, Vanessa Zahorian

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Nutcracker Activity: Create the Perfect Ballet Bun


A beautiful, secure hair bun is a crucial part of any ballerina’s look, from the youngest student to the professionals—and no more so than onstage in Nutcracker! We asked SF Ballet Soloist Dane Genshaft to show us how she ties the perfect “Figure 8″ ballerina bun for her daughter Nadia…


(Dana says: “I was actually personally taught how to tie this style of bun by none other than Elyse Borne, the New York City Ballet dancer who now stages ballets all over the world. I had just joined SF Ballet, and one night she came backstage and taught us all how to tie the perfect Figure 8 bun—and I’ve never forgotten it. It’s what she calls a good Balanchine bun!”)

Dana Genshaft in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty (© Erik Tomasson)

Dana Genshaft in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty (© Erik Tomasson)

1: Prep and Brush

Firstly, it’s important that the hair isn’t freshly washed! Don’t wash your hair before a performance; a Sugar Plum Fairy needs her hairstyle to stay firm. Brush the hair to make it smooth and tangle-free.

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Behind the Scenes with Kristina Lind

Kristina Lind in Tomasson's Nutcracker (© Erik Tomasson)

Kristina Lind in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (© Erik Tomasson)


Our dancers are athletes, and Nutcracker is their marathon! After weeks of rehearsal, our Company of 70 dancers must prepare themselves for a total of 3,007 hours of onstage ballet, with some members of the Company appearing in every single one of our 31 performances in December.

SF Ballet Corps de Ballet dancer, Kristina Lind, tells us about making it through the holiday season, ballet-style…

“I’ve been dancing Nutcracker for 20 years…

“…and my first-ever Nutcracker production was when I was four years old. I was a Gingerbread Cookie that came out of Mother Ginger’s skirt. It was my first performance ever, and as soon as got on stage, I waved at my parents in the audience!”

“When I’m up there, all I can think about is…

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Share Your Holiday Style!


‘Tis the season to don your festive attire and attend Nutcracker! Wherever you are in the world, we want to see you all dressed up for the holidays! Share a photo on Instagram of your family and friends dressed up and ready to attend a performance of  Nutcracker or just ready to celebrate the holiday season, and receive a promo code!

Everyone who follows the below guidelines and publishes a photo to Instagram by Monday, December 29, 2014 will receive a promo code for tickets to Programs 1-4

Have fun with it, and we will re-post some our favorites! Remember, even if you don’t live close enough to use the promo code and attend a show, you can still take part and get creative with this challenge!

All dressed up and ready to attend Nutcracker! #sfutcracker @sfballet

All dressed up and ready to ring in the holiday cheer with Nutcracker! #sfutcracker @sfballet

 How to enter:

  • Follow our Instagram account @sfballet. (Remember you must follow @sfballet in order to receive a direct message with your promo code!)
  • Upload an original photo to your personal Instagram account depicting your family and friends dressed up to attend a Nutcracker performance — it doesn’t have to be our production! Send us photos from near and far!
  • Tag @sfballet in the photo and use the hashtag #sfnutcracker in the caption.
  • You will receive a direct message via Instagram with a promotion code that will be good until 1/31/15 for 25% off the price of tickets to any performance of Programs 1-4. Please help us keep this code a secret, and encourage your friends and family to take part and receive a ticket discount of their own!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • If your account is private, you must Direct Message your photo to @sfballet in order for us to see it and send you the promo code!
  •  It is very important to note that anyone depicted in the photograph must give consent before the photograph is published to Instagram. Anyone under the age of 18 depicted in a photograph must have consent from a parent or legal guardian.

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