Ballet 101

A San Francisco Ballet Appreciation Course

Ballet 101

Photo: © Stacey Blakeman

Curious about life behind the curtain at San Francisco Ballet? Want to learn more about our art form from dance scholars, our dancers, ballet masters, and artists who work behind the scenes? Ballet 101 is our popular five-class program designed to harness the talent and knowledge of the staff and artists of SF Ballet, and share it with interested, committed adults in a studio and classroom setting.

The course includes a combination of lectures, discussions with Ballet Masters and Company dancers, facility tours, as well as one ballet technique class for beginners with Ballet School Faculty Member and Former Principal Dancer Rubén Martín Cintas.

This year’s repertory analysis experience will focus on William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.  At the time Forsythe was creating The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude he was also developing interactive tools to teach dancers and audiences how to perceive motion and coordinative patterns in his choreography. Rebecca Groves will lead participants in a workshop using several of Forsythe’s digital dance education projects, including his recent online publication, Synchronous Objects, which she helped to produce as Executive Director of the Forsythe Foundation.

2015 Dates

Ballet 101 meets at 455 Franklin Street from 6-8pm except where noted below:

  • January 5, 2015
  • January 12, 2015
  • January 26, 2015
  • February 2, 2015 (5-7pm or 7:15-9:15pm)
    Extensive Behind the Scenes Opera House Tour with Former Master Electrician Dennis Hudson
  • February 9, 2015

Purchase Options

  • $300 - Course with hard copy course book ($325 after November 10)
  • $250 - Course with electronic course book ($275 after November 10)

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