Press Releases

September 30, 2014

San Francisco Ballet School Launches Adult Ballet Classes

New Pilot Program to Offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Classes Starting on October 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, September 30, 2014—San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced a new pilot program offering adult ballet classes taught by former San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Ruben Martin Cintas. Beginning on Tuesday, October 14, the classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am–11:00am in the SF Ballet School studios, at 455 Franklin Street.

Designed for ages 18 and older, the Beginner/Intermediate class will be held on Tuesdays, and the Intermediate/Advanced class will be held on Thursdays. Students will learn classic ballet techniques, while being accompanied by live piano music in studios.

Each class costs $20, and participants have the option of purchasing a 10-Class Package for $180. For more information and to register, visit:

“We’re very excited to open SF Ballet School studios to the public, in support of the Company’s mission to share our joy of dance with the widest possible audiences, starting in our own community,” said Patrick Armand, associate director of SF Ballet School. “Ruben has been teaching for several years with us as a guest teacher, and I’m confident that students in our new Adult Ballet Classes will learn a lot from him,” Armand added.

Prior to becoming a faculty member of SF Ballet School, Cintas was a former principal dancer with SF Ballet, where he joined as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000. He was promoted to soloist in 2003 and to principal dancer in 2006. Among Cintas’ major roles are Albrecht in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, and Onegin in Cranko’s Onegin, among others.

San Francisco Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School, the country’s oldest classical academy, is directed by SF Ballet Artistic Director and Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Associate Director Patrick Armand. Now, over 75 years after its founding, the School boasts a distinguished international staff, a Trainee Program for advanced-level students, a dedicated student residence, and an extensive scholarship program. San Francisco Ballet School attracts students from around the world, training approximately 350 annually. In addition to filling the ranks of San Francisco Ballet, graduates have gone on to join distinguished ballet companies throughout the world. For those who wish to pursue a career in ballet, San Francisco Ballet School offers a training program of unqualified excellence.

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