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San Francisco Ballet

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Address: 401 Van Ness Ave, (between McAllister and Fell Sts), San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415-703-9400
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Description: Experience wonderful ballet performances from October through May.

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Gorgeous theater, wonderful performance

The auditorium at the War Memorial Opera House is beautiful. I sat in the dress circle for a performance of "Dances at s Gathering" and "Hummingbird." Highly recommended for fans... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The auditorium at the War Memorial Opera House is beautiful. I sat in the dress circle for a performance of "Dances at s Gathering" and "Hummingbird." Highly recommended for fans of ballet.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A must see...I recommend Box Seating. It isn't that much money given the experience and the show is incredible.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

SFB School year end performance. Amazing talent for such young dancers! Cannot wait to see the SFB itself

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Waltham, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The theater is a beautiful place to visit; the company has excellent dancers, both principal and corps, and there is more snow on the stage than you will see in your backyard in the average winter in Maryland. We had all the Christmas-spirit experience we hoped for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I am a ballet lover and I have seen ballet companies perform all over the world. We are fortunate to have such an excellent ballet company in San Francisco. I have had season tickets now for many years. The range is great. Helgi Tomasson, the artistic director, has created a company with wonderful dancers from all over the world. We... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

First time at the ballet and it was spectacular! We purchased tickets for the Christmas performance of the Nutcracker and we were mesmerized. Beautiful story!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The venue was good, but not great, with the seats bring very narrow. However, the ballet was superbly executed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Probably one of the best places in the usa to watch a ballet performance. Classic ballet with tech stuff added. No negative comments. If you like ballet, this is a must while in San Fran. (it is on Van Ness ave.)

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

After seeing the Nutcracker in NY and Chicago with the Balanchine choreography, this altogether new version was a delight. Of course, the story was the same but the interpretation differed a several ways. The main draw back was the falling snow that was obviously slippery. Two dancers fell right down and the rest were clearly struggling.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

First of all, I have to offer the disclaimer that this review comes from a ballet snob, as I have been raised watching the Mariinsky Theater and the Bolshoj Theater performances. But even with this said, I feel that the Washington Ballet's and NYCB's performances are stronger and more complex when it comes to choreography. I found SFB's choreography to... More 

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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