Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Night Of Ballet Earns High Praise

San Francisco Ballet dancers Yuan Yuan Tan, left, and Damian Smith perform in “After the Rain,” one of the dances the California company included in a special performance Sunday, July 8, at the Sun Valley Pavilion. The event—which sold out the pavilion and attracted hundreds of additional spectators to the outside lawn—brought an eight-minute standing ovation at the conclusion. The ballet organization reported Monday that it was flooded with congratulatory e-mails from members of the audience. “This uplifted the spirits of the entire area,” one said. Christopher Dennis, production manager for the company, praised the facility at Sun Valley Resort. “I think this is one of the most technically sophisticated and beautifully designed venues we have ever performed in,” he said. Organizers said all proceeds from contributions and ticket sales that exceed expenses will be donated to charities in the Sun Valley area, including Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Courtesy photo by Erik Tomasson

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