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San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. Founded in 1933, we staged the first full-length American productions of Coppélia (1938) and Swan Lake (1940) and, in 1944, we launched an annual holiday tradition when we produced the first full-length production of Nutcracker in the US.

Led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet is accompanied by its own orchestra and operates one of the country’s most prestigious schools of ballet. Today we build on our heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from today’s top choreographers, by uncovering new choreographic talent, and by staging modern classics and the works that make up the canon of classic ballet. Our approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes San Francisco Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.

To see our history of firsts, visit our timeline.

Our Mission & Programs

See what drives us at SF Ballet.

Our Mission

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Explore our history of firsts with this photographic timeline.

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Repertory Archive

Trying to remember that breathtaking performance from years ago? We've got you covered.

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Visiting Scholars and Scholars-in-Residence

Explore our visiting scholars and scholars-in-residence.

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Board & Staff

A complete listing of our staff and Board members.

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Employment & Auditions

If you're looking for information about auditioning for the Company or the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, or if you'd like to learn about job openings in our administrative departments, look no further.

Company Auditions
Orchestra Auditions
Administrative Job Opportunities

Contact Us

Have a question? Just want to speak to a human being? No problem. We have a complete directory to help you find the right person to answer your questions.

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Visit our Media Center for press releases, press kits, and approved photographs in our image archive.

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With ample studio space and meeting rooms big and small, there's a place for you at our headquarters in downtown San Francisco.

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