From 2012-2016, the DanceFAR performance has featured:
- San Francisco Ballet
- Alonzo King LINES Ballet
- Smuin Ballet
- Amy Seiwert's Imagery
- Nederlands Dans Theater I
- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
- Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
- AXIS Dance
- Garrett + Moulton Productions
- Julia Adam Dance
- Ballet San Jose
- Robert Moses' KIN
- Zhukov Dance Theatre
- Joe Orrach
- Flying Under the Radar
- Renegade Rockers
- The Art of Teknique
- Marcelo Gomes and Stella Abrera of American Ballet Theatre
- Sterling Baca of Pennsylvania Ballet
- Jermaine Spivey and Spenser Theberge
- Garen Scribner of Broadway's An American in Paris
The mission of DanceFAR is to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes by presenting world-class dance.
DanceFAR was founded in 2012 by San Francisco Ballet dancers Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl to support the work of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). DanceFAR gives back to the community and encourages volunteerism by providing a platform for artists to contribute to good causes by sharing their talents. This special benefit performance and party has raised over $350,000 to date for CPIC.
The inaugural DanceFAR performance (originally called Get in Front) took place June 6th, 2012 to a sold-out house of over 900 seats at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and featured an after-party in the legendary Green Room.
From 2013-2016, DanceFAR has been held in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater with the after party in the YBCA Forum for all ticket holders, featuring food and drinks donated from local restaurants and wineries. The DanceFAR after party has featured Epic Roasthouse, Anchor & Hope, Waterbar, Wayfare Tavern, Luke’s Local, Salt House, 25 Lusk, Farallon, Hoopla, Odette, and Le Grand Courtage.
DanceFAR celebrated its fifth anniversary on November 29th, 2016, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
F O U N D E R S:
GAREN SCRIBNER is an independent performing artist based in New York City who will appear in the upcoming Broadway production of An American in Paris, directed and choreographed by Chris Wheeldon. As a soloist with SF Ballet and later with Nederlands Dans Theater I, he has created and performed leading roles in works by Jiri Kylian, Lightfoot/Leon, Alexander Ekman, Marco Goecke, Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Mark Morris, John Neumeier, Hans Van Manen and George Balanchine. He has toured extensively and performed and taught at engagements throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. Garen has been featured in music videos with Deborah Cox, Les Twins, Santana and Michelle Branch, and he appeared in a L'Oreal Paris commercial dancing with Jennifer Lopez. Garen has received awards from the NFAA and the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards organization for his artistry. Mr. Scribner earned a high school diploma from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated with honors in May 2011 from St. Mary's College, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts.
MARGARET KARL was born and raised in the Bay Area and she began her professional career with San Francisco Ballet when she was just 16 years old. While at SFB, she worked with many world-renowned choreographers such as Mark Morris, William Forsythe, Wayne Macgregor, and Christopher Wheeldon, and she received an Isadora Duncan Award in 2006. In 2010 Margaret retired from professional dance and graduated with honors from St. Mary’s College. After leaving the stage, Margaret continued to work with professional dancers pursuing higher education at St. Mary’s College and she also became involved with many small dance companies and charity events in San Francisco. In 2012 she founded MK Impressions, a comprehensive project and event management company, and in 2014 she joined Post:Ballet as Executive Director. She enjoys her work consulting and streamlining visions of local dance, film, and fitness companies. In her down time, Margaret is an avid runner, traveler and cook.
JAMES SOFRANKO is currently a dancer with San Francisco Ballet where he has been a soloist since 2007. He has danced in numerous works and world premieres by choreographers such as Helgi Tomasson, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Lar Lubovitch, Wayne Macgregor, Mark Morris, John Neumeier, Jorma Elo, Julia Adam, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Paul Taylor, Hans Van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Alexi Ratmansky, Kenneth Macmillan, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins. He has a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School in NYC and was also featured in the principal role of 'Eddie' in the Broadway touring company of “Movin’ Out,” a musical choreographed by Twyla Tharp to the songs of Billy Joel. He enjoys choreographing and has created many original works. www.jamessofranko.com