Join us for a night of free music, dance and performance on Saturday, October 14th! Our LINES Dance Center performance workshops led by Laura O’Malley, Laure Fleurentin and Tim Rubel will be dancing live, showcasing the brand-new works that they have developed in their creative process together. Read more about the teacher/choreographers and get a sneak peak of their works below…

Meet you Saturday at Jessie Square located on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th (across from the Yerba Buena Gardens)!


Laura O’Malley

lauraLaura O’Malley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. on full scholarship. After graduating, she danced with Boston Ballet, and later as a soloist with The Stuttgart Ballet and The Dutch National Ballet. Falling in love with contemporary dance and self-expression, she later danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Post:Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and SFDanceworks. Laura currently teaches and choreographs for LINES Ballet’s Education Programs, and has been a guest teacher with Festival Ballet Providence, Ballet Arizona, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

On Laura O’Malley’s piece developed in her LINES Dance Center workshop for Yerba Buena Night:

“I was inspired to make a piece by the composer Moondog, whose music took inspiration from street sounds, such as a subway or foghorn. He used what he described as ‘a slithery rhythm, in times that are not ordinary’.

I thought it would be interesting to create a piece reflecting the vibrancy of city living in modern day, playing with the ideas of order and chaos.”


Laure Fleurentin

Lines Ballet Dance CenterLaure was born in Haiti and began dancing at the age of five at Academy of Ballet and Arts under the direction of miss Heileing Herzog. She studied traditional Haitian dance with Armande J. Piard and Vivianne Gauthier, and received a Diploma in Dance at L’ ENARTS (Ecole Nationale des Arts) school of Arts in Haiti and is a trained vocalist in Haitian Folkloric Traditional chants. Laure became a professional dancer for Vivianne Gauthier Dance Company where she meet Florencia Pierre and started dancing for Afoutayi Jaka. Laure has worked for World Vision, Margueritte D’Hyouville, and the Haitian Ministry of Culture. She has performed at San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Eloi Movement and the Haitian Festival at San Francisco with Afoutayi. Laure is a versatile Haitian dancer of our times and has dedicated herself to the research, development and promotion of traditional Haitian dance, song and storytelling.

On Laure Fleurentin’s piece developed in her LINES Dance Center workshop for Yerba Buena Night: 

“The piece talks about three traditional Haitian dances: Yanvalou, Parigòl and Kongo. Yanvalou, meaning ‘Family of Spirits’, includes many undulations, which signify the leaves in the wind and waves of the ocean. Parigòl is the dance of la Sirènn, the Mermaid who lives in the sea and Kongo is the dance of love and flirtation.”


Tim Rubel

28e0da3e25bcc397354c44ccf7998f6bTim Rubel is a San Francisco-based dance artist. He received his M.F.A. in Dance/Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. He has been on the dance faculties of several institutions in California, including San Francisco State University, Mt. San Jacinto College, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, as well as Dancing People Company in Ashland, OR and the Beijing Dance Festival in Beijing, China. His professional dance performance credits include work with Fusionworks Dance Company in Providence, RI, Windhover Dance Company in Massachusetts, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR, and in San Francisco with the David Herrera Performance Company, Lenora Lee Dance and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions to name a few. He is also the Artistic Director of Tim Rubel Human Shakes, a project-based Contemporary Dance Company in San Francisco.

On Tim Rubel’s piece developed in his LINES Dance Center workshop for Yerba Buena Night: 

Un-held is the first iteration of a larger work which will examine what it means to be an outsider, a visitor or an ‘alien’ in a community that fears or questions your presence.”



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Join us for Yerba Buena Night!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 6-10pm

Enjoy the event’s trailer and see you downtown!


Cover photo by Amal Bisharat Photograph for YBGF; photos of choreographers courtesy of Laura O’Malley, Chris Hardy and Tim Rubel

Written by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is comprised of an internationally renowned contemporary ballet company, three education programs that serve pre-professional dancers, and a dance center that provides adult drop-in classes for all levels. The LINES Ballet mission is to nurture dynamic artistry and the development of authentic creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education.

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