San Francisco Ballet

One of America's premiere world-class Ballet Companies has its home in California. The San Francisco Ballet Company is not only considered one of the best Ballet Companies in the United States but they have an illustrious history as well.




While on tour in Los Angles the San Francisco Ballet gave stellar rotating performances of Don Quixote (Helgi Tomasson/Yuri Possokhov), Allegro Brillante (George Balanchine), Concerto Grosso (Helgi Tomasson), Polyphonia (Christopher Wheeldon), Elite Syncopations (Sir Kenneth MacMillan). This is one of the most clean, precise and beautiful Ballet Companies L.A. has seen in a long time.

If you missed the San Francisco Ballet while they were in L.A at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion October 7 - 12th;then consider taking a short trip during the winter holidays to San Francisco and capture their performance of The Nutcracker.


For nearly sixty years The Nutcracker has been a holiday family tradition.  But did you know that it had its first American premiere right here in California? In fact did you know that California has been host to several of American Ballet's firsts?

The San Francisco Ballet was founded in 1933 as the San Francisco Opera Ballet. In 1942 they separated from the Opera and became the San Francisco Ballet, the first professional ballet company in America. In 1940 - ballet master William Christensen choreographed the first full-length version of Swan Lake in America. On Christmas Eve 1944 - Christensen began a nationwide holiday tradition with the first full-length version ever mounted in the United States of The Nutcracker.


Join in an American tradition and get your tickets to this history making company and their holiday treasure. There will be an opening night celebration, which will include the Opera House becoming a magical holiday wonderland, with magicians, carolers, and costumed characters. As well as Sugar Plum Parties, which will be taking place immediately, following select matinee performances. Featuring Nutcracker characters, holiday music, magicians, clowns, face painting and balloon art all in a festive party setting.

The Nutcracker will be playing November 28 - December 28, 2003. At the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness at Grove. Prices range form $12 - $130. Tickets available by phone at (415) 865-2000 Monday through Friday 10 am - 4 pm and online at .

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