Ballet 201: Classical Ballet

A deep dive into the tradition of the art form.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Swan Lake // © Erik Tomasson

Who is this for?
Patrons who want to dig a little deeper into a specific topic and become more knowledgeable about SF Ballet and the art form. 

General Public: $150

Subcribers and Donors ($75+): $125

Feb 27, Mar 6, and Mar 13
6-8 pm

455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

  1. Learn about the Great Classical Ballets of Marius Petipa 1890 – 1898
  2. Compare and contrast classical and contemporary ballets with a dance scholar and ballet master
  3. Observe a dancer and a coach work on a variation from the classical repertoire
  4. Participate in a lively discussion: Why do the great classical ballets endure?

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