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Adult Ballet Classes

At San Francisco Ballet School we believe ballet is for everyone, including adults with little or no dance experience.

Adult ballet classes at SF Ballet School offer a great workout, grounded in classical technique, led by Company and School faculty members who teach the same steps to SF Ballet dancers. 

Who is this for?
Adults and teens over the age of 16. No previous experience required.

Drop-In Class: $22
Drop-In Pack of 10: $200
Series (8 classes): $220

What to wear
Dress is informal, but we recommend a t-shirt, leotard or tight fitting leggings, shorts, and ballet slippers.

455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Drop-In Ballet Classes

Drop-in classes run like a traditional ballet class starting at the barre and then moving to the center through traditional class exercises and combinations. Be prepared to sweat (at least a little) and to have a good time.

It is recommended that true ballet beginners attend the Beginner Ballet series or True Beginner Ballet drop-in classes before attending the Beginner/Intermediate drop-in class. Participants will need many years of consistent classes before attending an intermediate/advanced classes.

Participants are encouraged to arrive dressed and ready for class as changing facilities are limited.

You can pay online by class for $22 or purchase a 10-class-card for $200.

Participant Requirements

Students must be at least 16-years-old to participate in our Adult Ballet Classes.

For the safety and consideration of all, studio doors will close 5 minutes after class begins and no one will be permitted to enter class.

Participants must wear ballet slippers in class.

Our Studios & Facilities

Students may check-in and use the designated studio and restrooms on the first floor 15 minutes prior to the start of each class. Restrooms and a water fountain are located outside of the studios. Showers and designated changing rooms are not available.

Gentle Ballet

Gentle Ballet is a class especially for dancers who want a gently paced ballet class. This is run like a traditional ballet class, but at a slower pace and is less strenuous.

True Beginner Ballet

True Beginner is intended only for adults who are new to ballet.  If you regularly attend our drop-in classes, please leave space for true beginners.  Please note that ballet slippers are required, and students are not permitted to wear pointe shoes.

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

The Beginner/Intermediate class is for students who have completed the Beginner Ballet Series, have completed a minimum of 8 True Beginner drop-in classes, or have previous ballet experience.

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet

The Intermediate/Advanced level is a fast-paced class for students who have been regularly taking classes for several years.  Students should have an in-depth knowledge of ballet terminology and be proficient with center work.


Beginner Ballet Series

September 15–November 10
Saturdays 3:00–4:30 pm

The eight-session beginner series is for those who are new to ballet and those who feel like they would like to get a handle on the basics. Instruction will be broken down to the core elements and then built upon each week so that you'll finish feeling confident and excited to continue your training in drop-in classes.

This Series is intended only for adults who are new to ballet.  If you regularly attend our drop-in classes, please leave space in this series for true beginners. 

Please note that ballet slippers are required for the Beginning Ballet Series.  Students are not permitted to wear pointe shoes.

Eight-week session: $220

Registration begins August 15, at 9:30 am

Once the waitlist is full, please contact classes@sfballet.org to be put on the email list for the next series.


“An in-class experience allows you to enhance what you see on stage in the Opera House. Our students range in age and ability, from 16 years old to most in their late 60s and early 70s. Some of our students have never had a ballet class before, while other have had years of experience.”

Jeffrey Lyons, SF Ballet School Faculty
  • For the safety and consideration of all, studio doors will close five minutes after class begins. 
  • Please exit the building within 15 minutes after the class has ended. 
  • All purchases are non-refundable. 
  • Single Classes have a 30-day expiration and 10-class cards have a 90-day expiration. You can track your expiration date on your MindBody account. 
  • Drop-In Classes: If you are unable to attend a class, please go to your account and cancel at least 2 hours before your pre-paid class. If you cancel in 2 hours or less before the class starts, you will be charged for that class. 
  • Series and Workshops: Classes are non-transferable 
Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the classes?

The following SF Ballet School faculty regularly teach the Adult Ballet classes: Tina LeBlanc, Jeff Lyons, Cecelia Beam, and Jordan Hammond.

What if I’m not sure I will be able to complete the class?

We encourage you to attend and complete as much of the class as you feel capable of. If you need to sit out for the last combination or two, that’s just fine, you’re welcome to watch.

Can I watch a class before taking one?

Unfortunately, we do not allow class observations. We encourage you to try it out and see if you like it. You’ll have a much better understanding of the class if you’re up and moving than by sitting and watching.

What happens if I’m late to class?

For the safety and consideration of all, studio doors will close five minutes after class begins. 


If you'd like to learn more about SF Ballet School please don't hesitate to contact us.

415 865 6700

Pre-Ballet: For Children 4—7 Years Old

Do you know a young child who might be interested in taking ballet classes? We offer Pre-Ballet classes designed to introduce children to the joy of dance, starting as early as four years old.

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