The final performance of the season closer will be followed by a program that will pay tribute to Gabay and showcase some of her work. Gabay danced for 34 seasons with the company. “A Tribute to Ballet San Jose’s Karen Gabay” takes place April 21, 7 p.m. at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.


I’ve always enjoyed Karen Gabay, and I am convinced that woman barely ages. I knew she’d retire eventually, but I’m sorry it’s now, and I’m sorry I’m not playing the set so I miss saying goodbye.

Wishing you all the best, Karen! You have always touched my heart!

This video is from 3 years ago or so:


  1. Such a loss to ballet audiences, for she was born to dance. This beautiful artist will be greatly missed…

  2. I’m going to guess we’ll still see her as choreographer, though! 🙂

  3. patti with an i

    I’m sure she’ll be choreographing and teaching for a long time to come, but I’ll be very sorry not to see her onstage any more. I’ve loved the occasional glimpses of her oh-so-expressive face from the pit, in addition to the beauty of her movement. A real dancing actress. Yay Karen!

  4. Yep, I can’t imagine her leaving the world of ballet, patti with an i. But that lovely joyful face and that wonderful dancing … she’s always brought something so very special to the stage!