Mimi Tompkins – Next Chapter

After being in the school of San Francisco Ballet for four years, two of which being a trainee, I am moving on to my next chapter. I have been offered a contract from National Ballet of Canada as an apprentice for the 2013-14 season and couldn’t be happier to start my professional career.

My fellow trainees and I just returned to San Francisco from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Assemblée international 2013, a festival that includes 18 schools from around the word. It was an incredible opportunity to meet young dancers, teachers, and directors from all over the globe. As my last year as a student, I felt that this was a very special festival to be a part of and experience. We danced Stone and Steel, choreographed by SFB corps member Myles Thatcher.  The piece focuses on the athleticism and poise of dancers, as well as an underlying theme of the inner battle of vulnerability and what it means to each person. We will also be performing this in our Showcase at the end of May.

Now that I am back in San Francisco, we are focusing our full attention on rehearsing for the end of year performance.  Currently, I have class at 9:30 and rehearsals all morning and afternoon for various ballets. As much as I am thrilled to move to Toronto and start my professional career, I will miss San Francisco Ballet School and all the friends and teachers I have met here.

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