BRAVO is the Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization - a group of more than 300 ballet enthusiasts whose services and support are vital to the on-going operation of San Francisco Ballet. This active group contributes over ten thousand hours of volunteer assistance every year and has become a national model for dance volunteer groups. Besides supporting San Francisco Ballet, BRAVO members also have many opportunities to learn more about the exciting world of ballet.

BRAVO is a Grand Benefactor of San Francisco Ballet, an honor given in recognition of BRAVO’s significant contribution to fulfilling the mission of the Company.

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Tomasson's The Fifth Season (© Erik Tomasson)

Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith in Tomasson's The Fifth Season (© Erik Tomasson)

As a BRAVO volunteer, you can participate in a number of activities throughout the year such as:

Administrative Support – Assist with clerical, public relations, mailing, and outreach work at SF Ballet and Ballet School offices; perform retail and organizational work at the SF Ballet Shop; and assist the Ballet’s Outreach and Education programs.

Nutcracker - The busiest time of year for BRAVO members is during Nutcracker season. About 45 volunteers are needed for each performance. Staff the Ballet Shop, assist backstage and at Club Nut, and work at Family Performances.

Special Projects - Help Ballet staff with special events, such as receptions, educational events and Spring Student Showcase.  Assist SF Ballet Auxiliary with the three major fund-raising events of the season -- Opening Night Gala, Fashion Show and Student Showcase Dinner.

In addition to supporting San Francisco Ballet, BRAVO volunteers also assist with dance-related activities in the community.

To become a BRAVO member, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Attend an orientation for prospective volunteers
  • Volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per year

Please note: BRAVO volunteers do not usher at performances. If you are only interested in ushering, please contact the Opera House directly.

For more information and to apply for membership, visit San Francisco Ballet's BRAVO Website, call 415.865.6750 or email



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