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Win tickets to ‘Best of the Bay 2′


Ballet is big in pop culture these days, thanks in part to the success of the movie “Black Swan,” and I’m sure there are some who saw that flick curious enough to want to see live dance on stage. While there isn’t any gore planned at this Saturday’s “Best of the Bay 2″ dance concert at the Saroyan Theatre, you’ll certainly get a lot of exciting ballet. The program is a mix between classical ballet (there’s even a selection from “Swan Lake,” the featured ballet in “Black Swan”) and contemporary ballet, which has elements of modern dance. Several powerhouse dance companies from the Bay Area will be on hand, including the world-acclaimed Robert Moses’ Kin company, the Ballet San Jose and LINES Ballet. Think of it as a dance smorgasbord — and you don’t even have to drive three hours to see all that talent.

I have TWO tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert to give to a lucky Beehive reader. Enter by leaving a comment below, telling us either 1) if you’ve seen “Black Swan, did the movie make you more or less interested in seeing live ballet? or 2) if you haven’t seen the movie, have you ever gone to any ballet besides “Nutcracker”? We’ll pick the winner at random. The deadline is 4 p.m. today (Thursday), so don’t dawdle. These are actual paper tickets, so if you’re a winner, you’ll have to be able to pick them up between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at The Bee’s front lobby. We’ll contact the winner by email, so be sure to leave a real email address AND CHECK IT this afternoon around 4:30 or so. Complete rules are on the jump.

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Responses to "Win tickets to ‘Best of the Bay 2′"

Kristin C says:

Please pick me. I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a little girl, even went through a year of pointe.

Nileen says:

I’d like to go!

Kassandra says:

Saw Black Swan and loved it! Great glimpse into the world of ballet for a non dancer like myself. I would love to take my 6 year old to the show. Pick us!

erj says:

My parents used to take us to the Nutcracker every year, but that’s it. Unless you count Cynthia Merrill’s garden ballet.

Amy says:

Haven’t seen the movie but will eventually. The only live ballet I’ve seen is when I took lessons as a little girl. It looks so graceful yet is actually quite brutal on a body.

Stephen says:

I can’t attend so don’t pick me, but I just wanted to see if I beat MDub at mentioning the nipslip in the above photo.

I think I did!

Laura says:

I grew up in Europe and I remember going to the Bejart ballet. The dancers were so graceful, like in the Black Swan. I remember the costumes in one ballet were so colorful and floated around the dancers as they turned and jumped. It was a magical site for a little girl like me. It is a shame there are not more dance events in Fresno…. Please let me be a little girl again and give me those tickets!

Rebecca says:

As a former ballerina, ‘Black Swan’ reminded me how crazy the ballet world is. But even as it is crazy, it is also crazy beautiful!

Zeke says:

I saw Black Swan. I’ve never seen live ballet and I can say it did inspire me to one day watch some.