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Ballet Basics

A Beginner's Guide to SF Ballet

Who’s it For?

Patrons who are just starting out on their ballet journey. Or those who just want to go behind the scenes.


General Public: $50
Subscribers and Donors ($75+): $45


July 22
2–5 pm


Chris Hellman Center for Dance
455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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. This 3-hour seminar 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.


  • Learn about the history of ballet and San Francisco Ballet: where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s going
  • Participate in a basic ballet class: starting at the barre, learn the steps from which all ballet vocabulary is derived
  • Meet Elizabeth Mateer, a member of the corps de ballet, and learn about her life, career, and how she prepares her pointe shoes

Subscribers and donors of $75 or more must login first to receive special pricing. Please note: we do not offer refunds and all programs are subject to cancellation in the event there is not adequate enrollment. All programs are subject to change. The information, views, and opinions expressed at all audience engagement programs are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.


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

415 865 6670