Artistic Vision, the Company and the School
In 17th century France, people called the ballet “Le Mervieuilleux”, a phenomena that was seen as marvelous, extraordinary and supernatural, a realm inhabited by sylphide beings who were made of, and borne aloft by, pure air, on a stage and in a sphere where anything could happen.
Helgi Tomasson came to San Francisco in 1985, carrying with him a global vision for the respected regional dance company he came to lead. Today, San Francisco Ballet is one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, uniquely adept at performing both the most challenging contemporary works and an enduringly beloved classical repertory. He also realized the fundamental importance of a world class School to the Ballet. Today, our renowned program attracts the best students in the world, fills our Company with extraordinary dancers, and is a testament to his vision.
San Francisco Ballet is widely considered a company of extraordinary dancers, men and women whose devotion to their art evokes that magical realm of the heavens and embodies the transcendence of the sylphs. The Company is an assemblage of artists chosen for their remarkable abilities rather than their fit to a pre-defined physical template. Our dancers vary widely in ethnicity, body type, height, and background, and yet, in a kind of alchemy, they exhibit a powerful shared essence that sets us apart from many companies and is an apt mirror to our diverse Bay Area community.
Katita Waldo has been with the Company for 27 years. As a child in Spain, she was introduced to dance at the age of 6. The moment she hit the stage would define the trajectory of her life: training at the San Francisco Ballet School as a teenager, moving on to become an iconic principle dancer, a teacher at the School, and then a choreographer’s assistant. She danced for 22 years here before becoming a ballet master, a role she still holds today.
Katita believes the unique culture here allows our dancers to take risks on stage that translate into the astonishing performances our Company is known for. It is her family, her passion, her life.