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In 1994, Michael Smuin set out to build an American ballet company with a distinctly American accent--"to infuse ballet with the rhythm, speed, and syncopation of American popular culture." His vision continued after his his sudden passing in 2007. Eclectically creative, Michael was an Emmy, Drama Desk, and Tony Award winner for outstanding achievements in choreography and best direction of a musical. A classicist by intuition, Michael was over time a principal dancer of such significant companies as American Ballet Theatre, a choreographer for such important troupes as the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and ballet master and finally artistic director at San Francisco Ballet. Michael built Smuin Ballet to take its place in the top tier of American ballet companies.
A San Francisco-based contemporary ballet company, Smuin Ballet was founded in 1994 by Michael Smuin, a former dancer, choreographer and director with the San Francisco Ballet. Smuin Ballet performs 70+ shows per season in theaters throughout San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Mountain View and Carmel, as well as tours across the country.