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Bay Pointe: New Ballet Company's Debut in San Mateo

December 17, 2013

Bay Pointe Ballet, San Mateo's new 32-member professional ballet company, is led by Bruce Steivel, whose career has taken him from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Nevada and the Serbian National Ballet.

The new company is seen in <em>Nutcracker</em>'s Dance of the Flowers Photo by SOSKISteivel is choreographer for the new company's debut this week, through Dec. 22, with the Nutcracker in the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, having toured with the production in Reno. The production features sets and costumes by Alexandre Vassiliev.

The newly renovated $28 million Center in San Mateo High School opened this fall, offering a 1,540-seat venue, claiming "state-of-the-art" facilities, including new sections, a foyer, and an improved sound system.

In addition to classical ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet will also feature contemporary works in venues across the Bay Area. The company is also active in the community, providing lecture demonstrations at schools on the Peninsula, and other outreach program being planned. Bay Pointe Ballet also plans to complete a new studio in South San Francisco in early February to serve both the company and the Bay Pointe Ballet School.

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