Community Matinees

Creativity. Passion. Empowerment.

Join the artists of San Francisco Ballet and the SF Ballet Center for Dance Education for a unique program that offers a wonderful opportunity for teachers, students, and seniors to go behind the scenes with America’s oldest professional ballet company!

This fun, informative 75-minute program includes:

  • An introduction to ballet as an art form—its historical and contemporary landscape.
  • The opportunity to see dancers of the SF Ballet, described by The New York Times as, “the most impressively diverse ballet company in America.”
  • Demonstrations and performances by students from the SF Ballet School who are training to become professional dancers.
  • Ballet excerpts from classical favorites to new works by the world’s leading choreographers, providing powerful entertainment for all audiences.

Online educational resources are available to classroom teachers in preparation for community matinee performances. Online study guides are available for download approximately one month before the performance.

2015 Community Matinees

This year, San Francisco Ballet invites you to attend one of its two Community Matinees, where students, teachers, and seniors will learn about the creative process of becoming a professional dancer, and the intricate details of putting a performance on the Opera House stage. The shows will feature excerpts from the 2015 season, with performances by the Company and the Trainees.

Community Matinee dates and times for the 2015 Season:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

11:30am – 12:45pm
Lambarena, plus other works

Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Val Caniparoli’s joyous Lambarena, a work that fuses the classicism of a Johann Sebastian Bach score with traditional African dance and music. Since its premiere at SF Ballet in 1995, the work has become an international sensation, having been performed by more than 20 dance companies around the world.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

11:30am – 12:45pm
Excerpts from Don Quixote

Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s thrilling and visually resplendent Don Quixote features some of the most virtuosic dancing in the classical repertory and a dazzling array of costumes by the late Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz.

All Tickets Only $10*

With tickets only $10 each, community matinees offer a wonderful way to expose students to the performing arts, show them the transformative power of creativity, and allow them to consider the arts as a life path.

Performances take place at the historic War Memorial Opera House at the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street in San Francisco. Public transportation via Muni and BART is convenient and parking is available nearby.

*A minimum order of 10 tickets is required to qualify for the Community Matinee price.

To Order

Orders are accepted by mail only. Please complete this form, keep a copy for yourself, and mail to the address below with full payment. Ticket price ($10) applies for students, chaperones, and seniors.

Download the Order Form

Mail completed form with payment to:

San Francisco Ballet
ATTN: Ticket Services, CMAT 455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more information contact Ticket Services at:
Monday through Friday, 10am – 4pm 


Lead Sponsor of 2015 Community Matinees

Pacific Gass and Electric Company

The Community Matinee Series is supported by the Gaia Fund of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation.