The Dirt: Frances Chung

December 16, 2010

It’s no surprise that Frances Chung was recently promoted to principal at San Francisco Ballet. The petite, pretty young ballerina is solid: She’s one of those dancers you can always count on to nail the quadruple pirouette, sail through the tricky petit allégro sequence and hold the extended balance. Chung is a surefire hit in punchy virtuoso roles, like the sprightly heroine of George Balanchine’s Tarantella, but she also exudes elegance and charm as the Sugar Plum Fairy or in Mr. B’s mysterious Emeralds. Catch her at the end of this month in SFB’s Giselle, and read on for The Dirt!  —Margaret Fuhrer


What did you want to be when you were a teen?
A dancer, a school teacher, an art teacher, a biologist (?!)

Favorite dancer of all time:
Sofiane Sylve

Performer you would drop everything to see:

If you could work with any performer, past or present, who would it be?
Choreographer, William Forsythe

Guilty pleasure:

Must-see T.V. shows:
“Glee” and “Man vs. Wild”

What is your pet peeve?
When someone refuses to share…their snacks with me.

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be?
A food critic, a fashion designer, an architect

What’s the strangest thing in your dance bag?
A baseball