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

SF Ballet 101 class // © Erik Tomasson

Current Programs

Ballet 101: San Francisco Ballet

A beginner's guide to SF Ballet
Curious about life behind the curtain at San Francisco Ballet? Ballet 101 is our three-class series designed to harness the knowledge of Company artists and staff to give you an overview of the art form and access to individuals that make SF Ballet one of the world's most celebrated ballet companies. You'll also get to take a class with a faculty member from SF Ballet School and you'll receive a comprehensive review of the 2017 Repertory Season so you know which performances you will want to attend.

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Ballet 201: Classical Ballet

A deep dive into the tradition of the art form
Why does San Francisco Ballet continue to do the classics and how is classical ballet different than contemporary ballet? How has ballet changed through the years and what does it mean for a dancer to have classical training? Join us for this new interactive three-session seminar to learn the answers. You'll attend a coaching session for a classical ballet and hear how dancers are coached to attain the perfection required when performing a classical role.

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Ballet 202: Contemporary Ballet

For those who want to know where the art form is headed
Why does San Francisco Ballet value new work and what exactly is contemporary ballet? Does it require different training or skills to dance new works? Join us for this new interactive three-session seminar to find the answers to these questions. Plus, you'll get to speak with a choreographer who is creating a new work for SF Ballet’s 2018 Season.

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Pointes of View (POV) Lectures

Enhance your performance experience
Company artists and visiting scholars invite you to delve deeper into that evening’s performance. But, you don’t have to buy a ticket to attend—all ballet fans are welcome.

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Meet the Artist (MTA) Interviews

Before your performance, hear from one of the artists whose work is featured in the program
These informative talks feature artists and choreographers in conversation with a moderator. Interviews are 30 minutes and take place on the Orchestra Level one hour prior to the performance. Open to all ticket holders.

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Adult Ballet Classes

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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Master Class Observations

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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Past Programs

Talk About Ballet

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.

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Seeing Ballet

Earn your balletomane badge
Using one of the ballets we're presenting this season as a jumping off point, you'll be guided by a ballet expert as you watch a clip from that ballet and then talk about it with other ballet lovers.

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Ballet in-depth
Our two-day symposiums bring together noted dance historians, SF Ballet artistic staff, and dancers past and present to discuss SF Ballet works.

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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