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Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of SFB

In February, San Francisco Ballet principal Dores André will originate the 11th role of her 15-year professional career with Trey McIntyre's highly anticipated new work, The Big Hunger. The work is inspired by the big hunger/little hunger philosophies of the bushmen in the Kalahari desert. "Little hunger" represents the superficial desires we focus on during day-to-day life, while "big hunger" represents what remains beyond the little hunger. "It's about the deeper meaning we are all looking for in life," André says. "It's not about our careers or a new pair of shoes or any other robotic human want, it's about the search for something bigger than all of us."

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Photo credits, clockwise from bottom left: Peter Mueller, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet; Jayme Thornton; Jochen Viehoff, Courtesy Stephanie Troyak; Karolina Kuras, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada; Natasha Razina, Courtesy State Academic Mariinsky Theatre; Kim Kenney, Courtesy Atlanta Ballet; Jim Lafferty; Arian Molina Soca, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet; Altin Kaftira, Courtesy Dutch National Ballet; Scott Shaw, Courtesy Shamar Wayne Watt

Every year we love to see Dance Magazine's coveted list of the dancers, choreographers and companies that are on the verge of skyrocketing in the field of dance. This year's picks are nothing short of exceptional.

Congratulations to these 25 up-and-coming artists!

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Teaching Tips
SFB corps de ballet dancer Miranda Silveira in Athleta. Photo Courtesy Athleta.

Just in time for Nutcracker season (and the cold weather that has us layering on our coziest warmups), fitness brand Athleta teamed up with San Francisco Ballet for their first Athleta Dance collection. Available beginning November 27, the capsule collection will include designs in women's and girl's sizes inspired by and created in collaboration with the dancers of SFB.

Of course, this isn't the first time a major athletic wear brand has teamed up with professional ballerinas. Under Armour has now launched two collections with American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland, and most recently, Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward created limited-edition designs with Lululemon.

SFB's Miranda Silveira in the Athleta Dance En Pointe leotard, $79, available in black.

Photo via Athleta
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Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz in Unbound LIVE. Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet

Have you ever wanted to know what goes into the making of a world premiere for a top-tier ballet company? Well, tomorrow you can find out, when San Francisco Ballet streams rehearsals and interviews live on Facebook for their third installment of Unbound LIVE.

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Who: American Ballet Theatre
principal James Whiteside
Followers: 96.6K
What you'll see: a lot of muscles and humor, with a healthy dose of cat photos
What may surprise you: Whiteside moonlights as the drag queen Ühu Betch and pop singer JbDubs.

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William Forsythe

University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance hosts a series of events in honor of William Forsythe this month. Kaufman.usc.edu

The series kicks off September 29–30 with a look at his creative process and presentation of his current work-in-progress, danced by USC students.

October 14–16 events include a discussion with Forsythe’s collaborator Norah Zuniga Shaw and a look at two of his site-specific works.

A costume exhibit will be open October 1–23 at various Los Angeles locations, showcasing Forsythe’s original designs and collaborations with designers.

The series concludes October 21–23 with a performance of three of his works by Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

Houston Ballet performs Forsythe’s Artifact Suite.

Photos (from top): by Dominik Mentzos; by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy of USC (2)

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Atlanta Ballet has a new artistic director: San Francisco Ballet principal Gennadi Nedvigin. In recent years, Nedvigin has cultivated a reputation as an adept teacher, coach and répétiteur. His relationship with Atlanta Ballet began in 2014 when he staged Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. His retirement from SFB this month concludes 19 years with the company. He will take his post in August for Atlanta Ballet’s 2016–17 season.

Current director John McFall ends his tenure this month after leading Atlanta Ballet for more than 20 years. During his time as artistic director, he founded the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. The Centre provides dance education to more than 1,200 students and has become a central fixture in Atlanta’s arts scene through its community-outreach programs.

Gennadi Nedvigin in John Cranko’s Onegin

Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet

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Balletomanes everywhere, get excited! World Ballet Day LIVE returns to a computer screen near you on Thursday, October 1. See five internationally acclaimed ballet companies in behind-the-scenes class and rehearsal footage via a live 23-hour stream. In addition, this year’s event includes pre-recorded footage from other regional dance companies including: American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Nederlands Dans Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet and others.

The free live stream will be available on worldballetday.com. You can also tune in through the five featured companies’ YouTube channels.

Schedule (indicated in Pacific Daylight Time):

7 pm–12 am The Australian Ballet

12–3 am Bolshoi Ballet

3–8 am The Royal Ballet

8–1 pm The National Ballet of Canada

1–6 pm San Francisco Ballet

For more info, visit worldballetday.com.

San Francisco Ballet's broadcast during World Ballet Day, 2014.

Photos by Erik Tomasson, courtesy of San Francisco Ballet.

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