Sunday, October 16 

Artistry meets Athleticism


American Dance Icon 

in conversation with 

DOUGLAS WEBSTER, Artistic Director, Ice Dance International

JUDY BLUMBERG, U.S. Figure Skating Champion (1981-85), World Bronze Medalist, (1983-85)

Words On Dance offers a unique conversation with renowned artists in ballet and figure skating, to educate and entertain audiences on how ice dance is rising to a internationally recognized art form, elevating sport to art.  

* Edward Villella will teach a Master Class, limited seating will be available for observation

San Francisco Ballet

The Chris Hellman Center for Dance

Honorary Host Committee

Dick Button, Brian Boitano, Dorothy Hamill,

Emily Hughes, and Kristi Yamaguchi

Honorary Producer

Kimberly Marie Olivier


Friday, October 14


private reception  

benefit for Ice Dance International, and Words On Dance






Ice Dance International will perform

Saturday, October 15

The Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Santa Rosa




date to be announced

West Coast Film Premiere


Ballet documentary

featuring dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied





Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Royal Ballet in 1991. He joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. 

Mr. Wheeldon has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, he founded Morphoses/ The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. In 2014, he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris which premiered in Paris in 2014. The Broadway production premiered April 12 2015 and won him the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography and Direction.

Announcements coming about Christopher Wheeldon's future live Words On Dance



Words On Dance made possible with the generous support of

The George Balanchine Foundation, Lead Support

Barbara Horgan

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trust

Harriet Barbanell

Stanlee Gatti

Meg Ray, Miette Confiserie

Eric and Emily Hays, Chateau Davell

Mary Heylin and Timothy Marten, MD

Richard Barker

Meryl Rosofsky and Stuart H. Coleman

Rachel and Dr. Larry Norton

Shelby and Frederick Gans

Liz and Robb Meyer

Pauline and David Soffa

Niko and Steven Mayer

Ann and Michele Shonk

Kathleen Scutchfield

Catherine and Mark Slavonia

Sharon and Robert Yoerg

Susan Van Wagner

Catherine Clark

Judith M. Hoffman

Howard S. Paley

The Words On Dance Collection is an incomparable series of documented stories, comprised of over two decades of conversations filmed live, onstage, with legendary dance artists. Celebrated artists have entrusted Words On Dance with rare dance footage, and creative intelligence that represent a concordance of stories about dance training, national and international companies, choreographers and ballets, musical scores, and offstage transitions. The ongoing mission of Words On Dance is to continue to remaster the filmed inventory of conversation and performance footage, for placement in cultural repositories, and other accessible platforms.

My name is Lisa Rinehart and I had the very good fortune to dance with American Ballet Theatre from 1976 to 1986. It was a time of challenges, rewards, frustrations and a lot of fun, but after ten years it was time to move on. 
The next couple of decades were packed with college, kids, more college, and eventually, writing about dance for danceviewtimes.com and Dance Magazine. But at 52, in a possible moment of insanity, I became a student again at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and amazingly, fell for visual storytelling almost as hard as I’d fallen for dance so many years before. I am now a freelance video journalist working on a wide variety of stories, but stories about dance and dancers are closest to my heart.