‘Dunas’ and ‘Spinae’

City Hall, San Francisco — April 6, 2012

Sounds like a pair of mythological creatures, no? These are the names of two pieces danced by students of the San Francisco Ballet School trainee program at a free noontime performance today. Over my lunch break I headed to San Francisco City Hall to check it out, and as always was impressed and inspired by these kids (pre-professionals really).

I think I had seen these pieces performed before, at the Ballet 101 session that included an introduction to the trainee program (and a trip to the costume shop: definitely a topic for another blog post, with pictures!). Dunas and Spinae are choreographed by Francisco Mungamba and Myles Thatcher, respectively, both former SFB trainees who are now in the corps with the company.

Here are a few photos…

…and a video:

I only recently found out about these free performances at City Hall, called the Rotunda Dance Series. Presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West, they usually happen once a month and cover a wide range of dance styles, so if you’re in the area, check it out!

Program credits for today’s performance:

Dunas pas de deux
Choreography: Francisco Mungamba
Music: Adrian Johnston
Emma Rubinowitz and Devon Carbone

Choreography: Myles Thatcher
Music: Phil Kline and Mary Ellen Childs
Kathleen Dahlhoff, Lacey Escabar, Brett Fukuda, Jeanette Kakareka, Lauren Parrott, Mimi Tompkins, Max Cauthorn, Trygve Cumpston, Alexander Reneff-Olson, Aaron Renteria, Wei Wang

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