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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 45
DEC 8 - 15, 2019
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OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Sumin's Annual Christmas Ballet is a True Holiday Treat

Nov 29, 2019
by Evan Almdale
Even if you're not a true ballet aficionado, it’s highly likely that you’ll appreciate at least one of the ballets in this season's Smuin Christmas Ballet, a truly innovative and exuberant program. The works move seamlessly from classical to contemporary. Each ballet is exquisite on its own but together, they are glorious.

Michael Smuin created the Christmas Ballet 25 years ago, and it has become a beloved tradition ever since. Act I features classical ballets that showcase the dancers traditional ballet artistry. Music in ths segment includes Magnificat, Sleigh Ride, Joy to the World. Act II is equally as technically precise but allows the dancers to explore new and innovative dance moves. Music in this act includes Winter Weather, Blue Christmas and Silver Bells and 12 additional festive works.

This year Ballet Master Amy London adds a new work to the classical works with beautiful choral arrangement of Still, Still. Still. Tessa Barbour the company’s most experiences tapper adds a wonderful duet based on classic soft shoe.

For much of the audience, seeing The Christmas Ballet is a much-anticipated holiday tradition. For the newcomers, The Christmas Ballet is sure to become a holiday favorite. Light up your holiday with this festive celebration of music and dance.

The Smuin Christmas Ballet will performance in San Francisco from December 12-23, followed by performances in Carmel on December 28-29.

For more information, visit the Smuin Ballet website at or call 415-912-1899.


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