San Francisco Ballet
A history of making history.
The oldest professional ballet company in America? You’re looking at it. Founded in 1933 as San Francisco Opera Ballet, this company made its home thousands of miles from the centers of traditional ballet. It's a distance that gives us a fresh perspective, one that honors the classics and looks forward to the new. Along the way we staged the first full-length American productions of Swan Lake (1940), and in 1944 we began the beloved tradition of a holiday-time Nutcracker, which has become a staple at ballet companies around the country.
Today we build on our heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from young choreographers, by working with contemporary masters at the height of their creative power, and by staging the story ballets 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.