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December 19, 2016

San Francisco Ballet Launches Its First Adult Ballet Workshop

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Wednesday, December 21, 2016—To keep ballet accessible to non-professional dancers and to the general public, San Francisco Ballet will offer its first week-long Adult Ballet Workshop—a summer camp for adults—from June 5-9, 2017. The workshop is hosted by San Francisco Ballet School, America’s oldest professional ballet academy, and consists of five days of ballet technique, repertory classes, educational sessions, and social activities to be announced. The workshop is open to adults of all levels of ballet skill, ages 21 and up. To register and for more information, visit

SF Ballet School Associate Director Patrick Armand notes, “One of our goals at SF Ballet School is to make ballet accessible to dancers of all ages and experience levels. We’ve had a lot of success with our drop-in classes for adults, and we created this workshop as an opportunity for anyone interested in a deep dive into the art form. With five days, we have the luxury of really exploring ballet’s many interesting and unique facets.”

Class Schedule
From Monday to Thursday, participants will take a mat or floor barre class as a warm-up, followed by a ballet technique class taught by Tina LeBlanc or Rubén Martín Cintas, two SF Ballet School faculty members and former Company principal dancers. After lunch, participants will have the option between the Ballet Focus or World Dance tracks. In the Ballet Focus track, attendees will learn dances from SF Ballet’s repertory, such as corps de ballet work from Tomasson’s Swan Lake and pantomime from Tomasson’s Giselle. The World Dance track may feature styles such as Bollywood, West African dance, or traditional Chinese ribbon dancing. SF Ballet Corps de Ballet member Kimberly Marie Olivier will teach the final session of the day, which includes excerpted choreography from Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. Lambarena premiered in 1995 and is set to a fusion of Johann Sebastian Bach and traditional African music. Participants will work toward a studio performance at the end of this one-week workshop.

The early bird deadline for discounted tuition at $995 is February 28. Starting March 1, tuition increases to $1,225. Included in the workshop is a daily catered lunch; healthy snacks between classes; and Meet the Artist sessions, with special guests, who will provide an intimate look into the lives of faculty, dancers, and programs. Register online at

Additional Audience Engagement Programs
The Adult Ballet Workshop is offered in addition to SF Ballet’s wide variety of audience engagement programs that provide opportunities to explore the fundamentals and the history of ballet, and meet the artists who are creating ballet today. New this season is Ballet 201: Classical Ballet and Ballet 202: Contemporary Ballet, two three-session courses designed as a continuation of Ballet 101. Ballet 201 explores the history of the art form, whereas Ballet 202 examines where ballet is headed.

Additional programs, which range from social events to pre-performance talks, include Pointes of View (POV) Lectures, Meet the Artist (MTA) Interviews, adult ballet classes, and master class observations. Visit for more information.

San Francisco Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School, America’s oldest professional ballet academy, is directed by SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson and Associate Director Patrick Armand. Now, over 80 years after its founding, the School boasts an international roster of prominent instructors, a Trainee curriculum for pre-professional students, a robust scholarship program, and a community outreach branch dedicated to sharing the joy of dance. SF Ballet School attracts students from around the world, training approximately 700 annually. In addition to filling the ranks of SF Ballet, graduates have gone on to join prestigious ballet companies throughout the world. For those who wish to pursue a career in ballet, SF Ballet School offers a distinguished training program of unqualified excellence.

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