Smuin Contemporary Ballet Celebrates 30 Years

Arts, community, and civic leaders came together at The St. Regis to celebrate Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s 30th anniversary gala on Sunday, March 3. Hosted by co-chairs John Konstin and Lee D. Baxter, the evening began with a cocktail hour where Smuin Artistic Director Celia Fushille and company dancers mingled with esteemed guests such as Mayor London Breed, Willie Brown, Assistant U.S. Attorney Annemarie Conroy, and District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. A gourmet dinner in the gallery ballroom followed, where Mayor Breed welcomed the crowd.

“The arts are magical. They spark emotion, they spark excitement, and they make us feel something that truly represents joy,” she said. “Tonight, we are here to celebrate 30 years of Smuin and all the work that they have done to bring that joy to us.” Fushille, a founding member of Smuin and its principal dancer for more than 12 years before taking the helm in 2007, was recognized for her incredible 30-year tenure with the company. Funds raised at the gala will support Smuin in continuing to stage innovative productions combining the artistry of classical ballet with the athleticism of contemporary dance.