San Francisco Ballet says goodbye to Damian Smith and Rubén Martín Cintas.
Both Smith and Martín Cintas, members of the remarkably strong male wing that Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson has developed here, will be missed terribly and both of them told The Chronicle recently that they were leaving the company roster because of the toll that time takes on even well-primed bodies.
Martín Cintas, 37, has been sidelined somewhat in recent years (a serious toe injury), and he notes that "injuries make you introspective. I started exploring; I felt I was ready for a transition." He discovered a facility for teaching and will join the San Francisco Ballet School faculty.