Established in 1979, Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) was created in response to an expressed need for arts instruction in the public schools that would also provide a means of access, education, and opportunity for students of diverse cultural backgrounds. For nearly 40 years, SF Ballet has partnered with San Francisco Unified School District to provide free dance education programs for K-12 students. SF Ballet’s current dance education programs for K-12 schools include in-school dance residencies, before-school, and after-school dance residencies, professional development workshops for preK-12 educators, Student Matinee performances by the professional ballet dancers of SF Ballet accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra, and pre-performance classroom visits through the Student Matinee Docent Program.
The SF Ballet DISC residency program introduces dance in a hands-on and dynamic way that enables students to learn about dance through standards-based lessons that link to the core curriculum. Dance provides students with opportunities to develop many skills that are fundamentally important, such as creative expression, listening skills, problem-solving, coordination, and collaboration. During the in-school elementary school dance residency, students will explore creative expression through movement, explore the elements of dance, learn different dances from a range of dance genres, and explore cultural and folk dances from around the world through the lens of ballet. Students will expand their vocabulary and enhance their expressive communication skills while learning about dance and music traditions from other cultures. All residencies are taught by professional teaching artists from SF Ballet with live musical accompaniment.
There are a few minimum requirements for elementary schools that wish to host a Dance in Schools and Communities Residency:
1. All participating schools must be public schools managed by the San Francisco Unified School District.
2. Schools must have a large, clean, well-lighted, unobstructed gym, activity room, or auditorium to conduct residency classes.
3. School principals and teachers are expected to actively support the program, designating a primary contact person for all communications.
Questions & Additional Information
For more information about SF Ballet’s Education Programs for K-12 schools, youth, families, and community engagement, please contact:
Jasmine Yep Huynh
Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs
415 865 6672
Bank of America, Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Koret Foundation, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are Lead Sponsors of San Francisco Ballet’s Education Programs.
Additional support is provided by Gap Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
The Dance in Schools and Communities program is supported by The Charles Henry Leach, II Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The Student Matinee Series is supported by the Gaia Fund of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation.