San Francisco Ballet Wins Over the Crowd in Sun Valley, Idaho

July 17, 2012

We were fortunate to catch the San Francisco Ballet’s one-night only performance in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho on July 8th, 2012.  Held  in the open-air Sun Valley Pavilion, 17 dancers from the company (shown in the photo) along with 14 members of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra conducted by Music Director, Martin West, performed for a wildly enthusiastic, sold-out crowd.  According to one reviewer from The Valley Sun (a news blog from Sun Valley Resort area), the performance was a huge success. Review from The Valley Sun:

SFB at Sun Valley Pavilion, July 2012. Left to right: Frances Chung, Pascal Molat, Dores Andre, Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada, Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets, Koto Ishihara, Gennadi Nedvigin, Davit Karapetyan, Vanessa Zahorian, Jaime Garcia Castilla, Sarah Van Patten, Hansuke Yamamoto, Pierre-Francois Vilanoba, Sofiane Sylve, and Garen Scribner (Photo by Ellen Pesavento)

Program Notes:  The program, under the Artistic Directorship of Helgi Tomasson, consisted of Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux”, William Forsythe’s pas de deux from “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated”, (music by Thom Willems), “7 for Eight” choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (music by Bach),  David Bentley’s “Pas de Deux from The Dance House” to Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 by Dmitry Shostakovich, “Solo” choreographed by Hans van Manan (by Bach), the pas de deux from “After the Rain” by Christopher Wheeldon (music by Arvo Part), and the “Don Quixote, Act III Pas de Deux” by Gorsky and Petipa (music by Ludwig Minkus). Representing the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra were Tracy Davis (Music Administrator and percussionist), pianist: Michael McGraw, violinists: Beni Shinohara, Heidi Wilcox, Mia Kim, Jeanelle Meyer, Patricia Van Winkle and Clifton Foster, violists: Anna Kruger and Caroline Lee, cellists: Eric Sung and Jonah Kim, Steven D’Amico (contrabass), and John Pearson (Trumpet).

During their stay, many of the performers had an opportunity to display their grace and skill offstage as well!

Whether it was fly-fishing casting, riding on horseback, or just hanging out at the pool, there were plenty of activities in Sun Valley for everyone.  Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer, even had an opportunity to try his hand at ice skating. It’s hardly a surprise that, even as a novice skater, Tiit already displayed unmistakable flair and agility on the ice!

Kim Navarro and Tiit Helimets in Sun Valley, Idaho (July, 2012)

With that kind of form, the only thing missing is the perfect figure skating attire! 

For the perfect outfit, we may find some inspiration at “Ode to Olympic Spandex”:

Then again, when it comes to the dilemma of what to wear while skating, we can always count on Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert to show us how it’s done!

Stephen Colbert Photographed by Michael O’Neill for Sports Illustrated (

Now that is an outfit!

And why was Stephen Colbert wearing this awesome little number?  Find out as Stephen faces off against Olympic Champion, Shani Davis, to win Last Place on the U.S. Speedskating team: Here: 




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