Part of the reason I feature dancers on this blog in December is because many people attend the ballet during the Christmas holiday season, especially performances of The Nutcracker. So, in presenting the first ballet dancer of this fourth edition of "The Beauty of Dance," it's only appropriate that I feature a woman who's well associated with The Nutcracker. In the case of the San Francisco Ballet's Frances Chung, that would be an understatement.
Ms. Chung, originally from Canada, has danced no fewer than three roles in that holiday ballet since she joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2001 - the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, and the Snow Queen. Other roles she's danced in the City By the Bay's prestigious company have included Myrtha in Giselle, the Enchanted Princess in The Sleeping Beauty, and Swanilda in Coppélia.
Ms. Chung has been a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet since 2009, having been a soloist in the four years before that. She was a finalist and prize winner at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland in 2000, which no doubt helped her get her Frisco gig. :-)