Student Matinees

SF Ballet performances specifically designed for school groups.


Introduce your students to the joy and wonder of dance by joining San Francisco Ballet for one of our Student Matinee performances. Our Student Matinees are a wonderful way to expose students to the transformative power of creativity through the performing arts. Designed especially for school groups, Student Matinees provide an engaging introduction to classical and contemporary ballet along with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to stage a ballet performance. 

Each educational 75-minute interactive program includes:

  • An introduction to ballet as an art form
  • Performances by SF Ballet professional dancers and pre-professional Trainees from the SF Ballet School, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra
  • Excerpts from some of the Company’s most extraordinary works
  • Insights into the career of a professional dancer with SF Ballet


Save the date! Join San Francisco Ballet during the 2019–2020 school year for a Student Matinee performance of excerpts from Cinderella on January 23 or A Midsummer Night’s Dream on March 6. These engaging and interactive 75-minute performances will captivate your students’ imaginations with dazzling choreography, memorable music, and spectacular sets and costumes. Student Matinees are recommended for students in grades 2–6, ages 7–12.


Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Excerpts of Cinderella
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Join Cinderella, her two step-sisters, and a cast of magical characters in this timeless fairytale filled with dazzling sets and spellbinding costumes.

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Excerpts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreographer: George Balanchine

Enter Shakespeare’s enchanted forest where fairies rule and love triumphs.

Performances are held in San Francisco at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue.

Download the 2020 Student Matinee Save the Date postcard


All Student Matinee tickets are $10* per person.

Student Matinees of Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are suggested for school groups grades 2–6, ages 7–12. Student Matinees are for youth audiences and school groups.

Tickets go on sale in September

*A minimum purchase of 10 tickets is required to qualify for the Student Matinee price.

Educational student groups, K–12 schools, and homeschool groups only, please. As an alternative, adult groups and non-school groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets to full-length performances of Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by contacting our Group Sales Representative at 415 865 6785 or for more info. Learn More about Group Tickets.

Wheelchair spaces are available; please indicate how many wheelchair accessible spaces are needed when ordering. Confirmation of your order request will be sent via email. Admission maps will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the performance date. Increases to processed ticket orders will be allowed on a space-available basis only. No refunds or exchanges.

To ensure a great experience for everyone, no children under age five, including babes in arms. Everyone entering the Opera House, regardless of age, must have a ticket, and children must occupy their own seat.

Free Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Teachers, educators, school administrators, and homeschool parents bringing students to a Student Matinee are invited to attend a free professional development workshop at SF Ballet in Fall 2019. You’ll explore engaging dance activities, lessons, and resources that you can use in the classroom before and after you see a Student Matinee performance. For more info and to register for the free workshop, contact

Make sure your students get the most out of the Student Matinee experience with our Study Guides. For each Student Matinee, you’ll find standards-based activities that challenge students to think deeply and critically about the performance and the artistic process. Our Student Matinee performances and Study Guides provide opportunities for youth to learn about, explore, and experience the performing arts. Check back in January 2020 to download the Student Matinee Study Guides for Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Learn More


Please contact Ticket Services at or 415 865 2000, Monday through Friday, 10 am–4 pm. For questions about Student Matinees or our education programs for K–12 schools, contact the Department of Education & Training at or 415 865 6671.


PG&E is the Lead Sponsor of the Student Matinees.

Bank of America, Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the Koret Foundation are the 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 Student Matinee Series is supported by the Gaia Fund of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation.