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 Post subject: SF Ballet Launches Magical Memories Nutcracker Video Contest
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:28 pm 

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SAN FRANCISCO—Monday, November 2, 2009— San Francisco Ballet—the oldest professional ballet company in America and the first in the country to perform Nutcracker—announced the launch of its Magical Memories Nutcracker Video Contest, November 2-December 14, 2009. To enter, participants are asked to create a video that reenacts or re-imagines a magical scene from Nutcracker, or depicts a favorite Nutcracker memory. To commemorate SF Ballet’s 65th anniversary performing Nutcracker, each video entry must be 65 seconds in length. Participants are encouraged to visit the Ballet’s online contest page,, for details, before posting their video entry on YouTube.

On December 2, five semi-finalists will be announced, based on criteria including creativity, relevance, views on YouTube, and adherence to the contest guidelines. The winning semi-finalist videos will be showcased on the Ballet’s contest page and will also be available for viewing on Comcast OnDemand. All five semi-finalists receive prizes and three of these participants, chosen as finalists by popular vote, will receive additional prize packages.

The contest runs from November 2-December 14, with submissions accepted November 2-29, and public voting held online at, from December 2-13. Finalists will be announced on the Ballet’s contest page on December 14.

Contest Prizes
• Grand Prize: Six-day, five-night trip for four to Aspen, Colorado (includes flights, deluxe hotel accommodations, rental car, and entertainment).

• Second Prize: Two-night stay at The Fairmont San Francisco (includes daily breakfast, dinner for two at the Tonga Room, two Center Box seats to a performance of SF Ballet’s Swan Lake in January 2010, and a VIP backstage tour).

• Third Prize: Dinner for two at Seasons Restaurant, located in the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, as well as a $300 gift certificate to

• All five semi-finalists will receive a four-pack of tickets to see a performance of SF Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, in addition to a commemorative SF Ballet book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five.

To Enter
For contest submission guidelines and instructions, visit The deadline for entering is November 29, 2009.

San Francisco Ballet will perform Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, December 8-27, 2009. For more information, visit

San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933. It performed the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first production of Coppélia choreographed by an American choreographer. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam, and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances a year locally, nationally, and abroad. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson for more than two decades, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award, its first, in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance,” and a year later, was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, San Francisco Ballet celebrated its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives that included a New Works Festival of 10 world premieres by 10 renowned choreographers. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of SF Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s tenure with the Company.


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