a female dancer bowing center stage with roses all around her

Inside Yuan Yuan Tan’s Final Performance with San Francisco Ballet

A shower of flowers and a sustained standing ovation marked the end of an era: Yuan Yuan Tan’s retirement from San Francisco Ballet after almost 30 years on February 14, her 48th birthday. A muse to choreographers, an inspiration to generations of dancers, and a deeply beloved audience favorite, Tan, known as YY to friends and colleagues, played a central role in the company’s success during Helgi Tomasson’s­ long tenure as artistic director.

The 2013 Dance Magazine Awards

This year we celebrate five extraordinary artists: San Francisco Ballet principal Yuan Yuan Tan, dance-theater innovator Martha Clarke, European maverick Mats Ek, Balanchine ballerina Patricia Wilde, and the composer who makes us want to lose ourselves in dancing—Philip Glass.     Yuan Yuan Tan When Yuan Yuan Tan receives the Dance Magazine Award this month, […]

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