The City Celebrates Yuan Yuan Tan

Atmosphere at SF Ballet Hosts Yuan Yuan Tan’s 25th Anniversary Dinner at Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)

On February 13, San Francisco gathered at the Palace Hotel to celebrate principal dancer Yuan Yuan Tan, our city’s most admired ballerina as she marks her 27th year with the San Francisco Ballet.

Left: Yuan Yuan Tan and Helgi Tomasson

Above: Sharon Seto, Zhengyu Huang and Yuan Yuan Tan (Photos – Drew Altizer)

The soirée, billed as her “25th Anniversary” after the original event was postponed due to the pandemic, honored Tan’s prolific career which is now longer than any other dancer in the company’s history. The event followed a matinee performance of Tan dancing in Tomasson’s Caprice and Robbins’ In the Night

Yuan Yuan Tan, KeQin Tan and Su Zhang (Photo – Drew Altizer)
Kristi Yamaguchi attends SF Ballet Hosts Yuan Yuan Tan 25th Anniversary Dinner (Photo – Drew Altizer Photography)
Antoinette Chatton and Luke Ingham (Photo – Drew Altizer Photography)
Carl Pascarella and Yurie Pascarella (Photo – Drew Altizer)
Shirin Kaufman, Jim Marver, Nancy Kukacka and Camille Ashley (Photo – Drew Altizer)
Robert Shaw, Deidre Shaw, Lillian Phan and Justin Pace Photo – Drew Altizer)

Attendees enjoyed a reception in the ornate Garden Court, a 3-course dinner in the grand ballroom, and a special presentation honoring Tan. City Hall was set aglow in lilac in her honor and Mayor London Breed declared February 13, 2022 as Yuan Yuan Tan Day in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 13 – Yuan Yuan Tan attends the 25th Anniversary Dinner in her honor at Palace Hotel (Photo – Drew Altizer)

SF Ballet patron Sharon Seto chaired the event, and all event proceeds will support an array of SF Ballet artistic projects, including new works, scholarships for San Francisco Ballet School students, and community education programs for thousands of youths, families, and seniors.