San Francisco Ballet in Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy (© Erik Tomasson)
The San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education promotes lifelong learning and is committed to San Francisco Ballet's mission of sharing the joy of dance with the widest possible audience. SF Ballet offers a variety of ways for audiences to learn more about dance and to get up close and personal with Company artists.
Many of the Ballet's patrons and the general public enjoy hearing from known experts in the field as well as personal insights from Company dancers, choreographers, and guest artists who create the works onstage. Attending a moderated discussion, interactive lecture, or experiential workshop expressly designed for the adult community can often enrich the context and enjoyment of the dances observed.
Pointes of View (POV) Lecture Series
Company artists and visiting scholars offer key insights and a deeper appreciation of that evening’s performance. But, you don’t have to buy a ticket to attend — all ballet fans are welcome!
Meet the Artist Interviews
These FREE pre-performance interviews spotlight a work being performed and open to all ticket holders for select performances.
Ballet 101: A San Francisco Ballet Appreciation Course
Our popular five-class program is designed for adults seeking in-depth knowledge about the art form. Go behind the scenes at SF Ballet, meet company staff and artists, and try out your own moves at a beginning ballet class.
Talk About Ballet
These lively events include a 60-minute talk and Q&A, plus a wine and cheese reception with the speaker.
Do you want to understand and better appreciate specific works? Would you like to access tools that will help you analyze any ballet? Then Seeing Ballet is for you. These facilitated workshops are highly participatory and deeply engaging.
Listen to informative talks and lectures with Company dancers, choreographers, guest artists, and others.
Swan Lake Symposium
Our two-day symposium will bring together noted dance historians, SF Ballet artistic staff, and principal dancers, past and present to discuss SF Ballet’s history, enduring impact and future of this beloved work.