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San Francisco Ballet School's Jackson Manor
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Author:  LMCtech [ Tue May 13, 2008 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  San Francisco Ballet School's Jackson Manor

This housing project was put together when I was working for the school. It was a huge project and an equally huge success. It really changed the recruitment process and rasied the caliber of dancer that the school could attract. I can't believe it's been five years.

From the SF Chronicle.

Room, board and barre for Ballet students
Mary Ellen Hunt, Special to The Chronicle

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

There's a well-kept multistory building in Pacific Heights that could easily be mistaken for one of the many comfortable family homes that loom along the blocks overlooking the bay. But Jackson Manor, as the house has been fondly dubbed, isn't your average Pac Heights mansion. Once owned as part of an off-campus, urban program for Westmont College, it's now in its fifth year as an official residence for dancers in the San Francisco Ballet School's trainee program, as well as advanced students.

As any artist knows, the road to professional success isn't easy. For many of the youngsters who win the opportunity to train at San Francisco Ballet's School, the pursuit of a career in the notoriously competitive world of ballet means sacrificing, not only time and energy, but family life as well. Students come from across the country and around the world to study at the school, but for a young dancer of perhaps 16 or 17, the task of finding a place to live in San Francisco is no trivial matter.


Author:  LMCtech [ Fri May 16, 2008 1:02 pm ]
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A review of the Spring Student Showcase that many Jackson Manor residents performed in. From the SF Chronicle.

SF Ballet Showcase gives kids one last lift
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Friday, May 16, 2008

An astonishing thing happens every year during the class demonstrations that begin the San Francisco Ballet School Student Showcase. As the tentative tendus of tottering 8-year-olds cede the stage to testing pass├ęs from the bigger girls and double pirouettes from teenagers en pointe, children who resemble foals taking their first steps seem to transform into uncommonly gracious grown creatures.

But even the graduating students about to depart for stage careers here and abroad aren't full-grown - not just yet. For the three days of the Showcase, which opened Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, they hover between student and professional, child and adult. And in John Neumeier's eloquent "Yondering," a U.S. premiere, they have a ballet that draws sensitively upon their limbo.


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