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Classes & Events

From classes to lectures, social events, and pre-performance talks, we offer a wide variety of opportunities to explore the fundamentals and the history of ballet, and to meet the artists who are creating ballet today.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ballet Insights: American Ballet 1900-1983: 8/5, 12, 19

For those who want to know how we got here
How did American Ballet get its start? Was SF Ballet really the first ballet company in America? And what caused the dance boom? Join us for an interactive three-session seminar to find the answers to these questions and many more. From Anna Pavlova to Lew Christensen to George Balanchine, learn about how ballet became an American art. 

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Adult Ballet Classes (multiple dates)

We believe ballet is for everyone
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. 

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PAST EVENTS
 

Exploring Serenade: 2/11

Take a deep dive into America’s favorite ballet
Join SF Ballet for an exploration of George Balanchine’s iconic ballet Serenade. In this intensive one-day course, you learn about this ballet’s American history, its hidden stories, and its many interpretations. Come discover why this ballet is one of America’s favorites. 

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Opera House Tour: 3/5

Explore the War Memorial Opera House through the lens of a Master Electrician
Join Dennis Hudson, former SF Ballet master electrician, on a tour of the War Memorial Opera House – a 1932 Beaux-Arts building designed by Arthur Brown. Go behind the scenes to learn about the unique technical and structural elements of the building and see all the secret ins-and-outs as part of this special once-a-year event. 

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Master Class Observations: 1/15 and 2/25

Not a dancer? Come watch
If you'd like to attend a Master Class but aren't a dancer you can come as an Observer. You still need to register in advance. Children ages 8-14 must be accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately, children younger than 8 years old and babies are not allowed. Lastly, photography and videography are strictly prohibited inside the SF Ballet building. 

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Celebrating Jerome Robbins: 3/20

The year-long celebration of Jerome Robbins comes to San Francisco with SF Ballet’s Program 05: Robbins: Ballet and Broadway (March 20–25). Before the first performance, join Helgi Tomasson, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, and Ellen Sorrin as they share their memories and discuss Robbins’ work on the centennial anniversary of his birth. 

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Celebrating Jerome Robbins: 3/20

The year-long celebration of Jerome Robbins comes to San Francisco with SF Ballet’s Program 05: Robbins: Ballet and Broadway (March 20–25). Before the first performance, join Helgi Tomasson, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, and Ellen Sorrin as they share their memories and discuss Robbins’ work on the centennial anniversary of his birth. 

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Ballet Talk: 4/7

Wine, ballet & friends
These lively events include a 60-minute talk and Q & A, as well as a wine and cheese reception with the speaker. Join us on a Saturday afternoon to learn more about three programs this season: The Sleeping Beauty, Distinctly SF Ballet, and Unbound.

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Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet's Future: 4/27-29

From the royal courts of Louis XIV to Cold War international diplomacy, ballet, as a form, has consistently evolved technically, artistically, and institutionally in response to changes in government, technology, and culture.
Join us for three days of lectures, panels, and receptions. We’ll explore how issues around choreography, diversity, and technology are shaping ballet’s future.

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Ballet Basics: 7/22

A beginner's guide to SF Ballet 
Curious about life behind the curtain at San Francisco Ballet? Ballet Basics is designed to give you all the information you need to better appreciate and enjoy a night at SF Ballet. These 3-hour seminars will give participants a foundation in the history and practices of the art form. Take a ballet class, hear from an artist, and learn about the history of classical ballet. 

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Have Questions?

If you have a question about a particular program please don't hesitate to contact us.

415 865 6583
audienceengagement@sfballet.org