For as long as I can remember, my summers have been marked by several dependable qualities: a heavy peacoat, overhanging fog, weekly street fairs, and perky young bunheads. But this year, the only men in tights for me will be barely legal X-Men and Ryan Reynolds.
Instead of housing their summer students at the University of San Francisco, located atop Lone Mountain, students and their giant, pointe shoe-laden duffel bags will reside at other locales like San Francisco State University and the Monroe Residence Club in Pac Heights.
Anne-Marie Devine, director of media relations at USF, confirms that this change isn’t aimed only at dance students. She says, “Due to increased summer enrollment (of USF students in USF summer school programs), many outside groups were notified months back that we would no longer be able to house them.”
Representatives at SF Ballet and LINES Ballet Summer Program both referred to renovations as the reason why they’ve had to move their students’ home base, but whatever the case, the bus lines surrounding and passing by USF will be somewhat quieter this summer.
Still, for all you 5-Fulton and 21-Hayes riders, be prepared to wait for the next bus (and the next bus. And the next bus.) or have someone precariously place their paper coffee cup on the floor as they text their SO while listening to an iPod, reading a Kindle, and holding on to the overhead bar, all while your driver insists that she won’t continue her route until everyone moves back and dry humps at least two more people. It’s just the name of the game.