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Resource Guides

Our Student Matinee Study Guides, Family Guides, and other education guides are designed to be a resource for classroom teachers, K-12 students, families, and other audiences to further explore ballet. Our education resource guides will assist you in exploring the vast world of ballet, dance, and creativity.

SF Ballet education resource guides provide audiences with an opportunity to explore, investigate, make connections, analyze, and reflect about dance and SF Ballet performances. SF Ballet Student Matinee performances and Study Guides are designed to support creative learning through the arts in the classroom. Study Guides include pre-performance worksheets, post-performance writing activities, and materials for guided discussions that challenge students to think deeply and critically about the performance and about the artistic process. We encourage educators to adapt the activities to specific grade levels to help students explore movement and dance, learn about ballet, and discover what happens behind the scenes of a ballet production. Discover how enjoying a ballet performance can also include experiences in perceiving, responding, viewing, and thinking critically about dance. 

Student Matinee Study Guides

2017 Season Study Guides
Haffner Symphony (PDF)
Prodigal Son (PDF)

Student Matinee Study Guides 
The Sleeping Beauty (PDF)
Don Quixote (PDF)
Firebird (PDF)
Glass Pieces (PDF)
Lambarena (PDF)

Family Guides

Nutcracker (PDF)
Cinderella (PDF)

Sensory friendly family workshop guides

Nutcracker Pre-Visit Stories (PDF)
Swan Lake (PDF)
Sensory-Friendly Relaxed Dress Rehearsal (PDF)
Pre-visit Social Stories Guide (PDF)

Additional Resources for Families​
Taking Kids to the Ballet

Questions & Additional Information

For more information about our education programs and resources, please contact:

Jasmine Yep Huynh
Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs
415 865 6672

Dance in Schools & Communities (DISC)

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. DISC currently provides a free interactive movement program to over 3,500 students in 38 San Francisco Unified School District Elementary Schools.

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Student Matinees

Designed especially for school groups in grades 2 through 12, student matinees at San Francisco Ballet are a great way to introduce young people to the joy, wonder, and excitement of ballet.

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