7 Reasons to Get Season Tickets (from those who know)

Season ticket holders are an integral—and essential—part of the SF Ballet family. What they love best about SF Ballet is as individual as they are. We asked a few of our longtime subscribers and some members of  ENCORE! (SF Ballet’s young professionals group) why they purchase season tickets, what they’re looking forward to this season, and if they dance, too.

To learn more about ballet

Maggie Winterfeldt Clark at SF Ballet’s Opening Night Gala // © Drew Altizer

Writer and editor Maggie Winterfeldt Clark is an SF Ballet season ticket holder. She has been an ENCORE! member for five years and has served on the ENCORE! Board for three.

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 season?

The Little Mermaid! The last time SFB performed it was right before I moved to San Francisco, so I’m excited to finally experience it for myself.”

Why did you become an ENCORE! member?

“I wanted to expand my ballet knowledge and attend more SFB performances, and I loved that ENCORE! gave me the opportunity to do just that in a fun, social, and non-intimidating environment with other Bay Area young professionals.”

Do you dance?

“I was a competitive figure skater growing up, and ballet was part of my cross-training. It helped me refine the artistry of my movements on the ice.”

To find a community of dance fans

Gary Williams and friends at SF Ballet Gala 2018

Season ticket holder Gary Williams, a tax accountant at KPMG LLP, says attending SF Ballet performances is “a wonderful opportunity to engage my creative side.” He’s been a member of ENCORE! for three years and has served on the group’s board for the past two years.

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 season?

“I’m looking forward to seeing [John Neumeier’s] The Little Mermaid. I’ve heard great things from those who saw the premiere in 2010. I’m also excited that Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be A Great Poem, from last season’s Unbound festival, will be returning.”

Why did you become an ENCORE! member?

“I joined ENCORE! shortly after relocating to the Bay Area from Arizona. I was looking for a group to join where I could meet new people. Because I have a passion for the arts, and specifically ballet, ENCORE! seemed like the perfect fit. After the first few events, I knew ENCORE! was the community for me.”

Do you dance?

“I took ballet as a teenager and still occasionally take a ballet class, but I love watching ballet just as much.”

To share a passion for dance

Kevin Kung and friend at The List SPIN event in April 2018 with SF Ballet dancers Nathaniel Remez and Jahna Frantziskonis

Season ticket holder Kevin Kung, a customer success manager for start-up companies that provide B2B enterprise software, joined ENCORE! this past April to meet other young professionals who are also passionate about ballet.

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 Season?

“I’ve heard Don Quixote is a great ballet and I’m excited to finally have an opportunity to see it. I’m also looking forward to seeing Anima Animus and Snowblind again—I thought they were amongst the best of last season’s Unbound festival. I also really liked the SF Ballet School Student Showcase this year and I’m excited to see it again next year.”

Do you dance?

“Yes. I primarily study ballet at ODC/Dance and Alonzo King LINES Dance Center. And I’m starting to try other types of dance, including hip-hop, modern/release, and traditional West African.”

To discover new works—in great seats

San Francisco Ballet in McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem // © Erik Tomasson

Lynne Baer, an art historian and independent art advisor and appraiser, has been a subscriber for more than thirty years, as well as a member of the SF Ballet Auxiliary.

Why did you become a season ticket holder?

“I have been a subscriber since I moved to San Francisco in the mid-80s because I have always loved ballet. At that time I joined the Ballet Auxiliary at the suggestion of a friend who said I would meet some interesting and great ladies. I was Auxiliary President in 1991–92 and Gala Chair in 1993. I have remained friends with many of the women I’ve met through the Auxiliary.”

Why do you renew your season tickets?

“Each year, SF Ballet presents a wonderful combination of traditional and contemporary ballets, that I wouldn’t want to miss the performances, along with the guarantee of good seats. Also, I am always surprised by dances and programs that I would not have bought tickets for without a subscription.”

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 Season?

“I am looking forward to seeing Program 5 [with McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Wheeldon’s Bound To©, and a world premiere by Yuri Possokhov] and The Little Mermaid in particular.”

Did you dance?

“I took ballet as a little girl.”

To share ballet across generations

Sandra Bodley and her family at Nutcracker


Sandra Bodley, a Bay Area nurse, has been a season ticket holder for more than 10 years.

Why do you buy season tickets?

“I became a subscriber because I wanted to share SF Ballet [or the SF Ballet experience] with my daughter and granddaughter. I wanted them to see great professional ballet. We look forward to these outings as our special time together.”

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 Season?

“We have always enjoyed the story ballets—this year we’ll see Don Quixote and The Little Mermaid.”

Did you dance?

“In high school I studied tap, ballet, and some modern dance. I recently learned that my dance training greatly helped my career—I’m a fortunate nurse without any back issues. Dance gave me a strong core for all the time I spend on my feet as part of my job!”

To meet like-minded arts patrons

Mahsa Tehrani and friend at SF Ballet Gala


Mahsa Tehrani, a member of ENCORE! for the past two years, works in social media.

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 Season?

“More amazing events from SF Ballet and ENCORE! and meeting more hard-working, driven, and bright people.”

Why did you become an ENCORE! member?

“As a San Francisco native, I’ve always wanted to be a part of the arts, culture, and philanthropy that our great city has to offer. ENCORE! is a great way to get involved in the community and meet like-minded young Bay Area arts patrons.”

Do you dance?

“I’d like to say I dance professionally, but it’s more like moves from the latest music video!”

To create a tradition of beauty

Ana Sophia Scheller and Angelo Greco in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty // © Erik Tomasson

Judy Harris is a very familiar face in the SF Ballet audience—she has been a season ticket holder since 1960.

Why do you buy season tickets?

“I have been going to the ballet since I went with my grandmother. I just love the ballet. It’s beautiful and so special.”

What are you looking forward to in SF Ballet’s 2019 Season?

“I love the traditional ballets, like The Sleeping Beauty. It’s a beautiful ballet.”

Did you dance?

“I took ballet for three years, but I wasn’t very good!”


Header image: War Memorial Opera House // © Chris Hardy

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