SF choreographer Micheal Smuin collapses, dies

Choreographer Michael Smuin, who was artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet for many years before leaving to start his own Smuin Ballet company, collapsed and died this morning while teaching a class at his company’s Market Street studio. Smuin, 68, died of an apparent heart attack.

Smuin choreographed for Broadway and for films in addition to leading the San Francisco Ballet to national prominence in the 1970s and early 80s.

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