Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Beauty of Dance, Part Six: Vanessa Zahorian, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco, CA

I end this sixth series of beautiful dancers, and the year, with a look at Vanessa Zahorian, principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet.

Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Ms. Zahorian has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet's company since 1997. She made it to the City By the Bay by way of St. Petersburg, and I'm not talking about a city in central Florida. She had an apprenticeship at the Mariinsky Ballet in the former capital of Russia, and so began her career back home in America with formidable experience.

Ms. Zahorian’s major roles include both the title role and Myrtha in Giselle, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, and too many more to list here. :-)

She also won in 2012 the Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for "Many Faces of Giselle," thanks to her acclaimed performances of that role.

That's it for my sixth series of beautiful dancers. My seventh series will appear in December 2018. In the meantime, happy 2017 to all. :-)

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