Dance in Schools and Communities

Established in 1979, Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) was created in response to an expressed need for arts instruction in the public schools that would also provide a means of access, education, and opportunity for students of diverse cultural backgrounds. DISC currently provides a free interactive movement program to over 3,500 students in 38 San Francisco Unified School District Elementary Schools. Approximately 70 percent of DISC students are from non-white populations.


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DISC teaches about dance and music from around the world. Students learn the fundamentals of dance movement as well as authentic classical and folkloric dances appropriate for children. Specific learning goals are set in accordance with both California and national standards for learning in the arts.

DISC also offers a scholarship program for continued study at the San Francisco Ballet School for approximately 65 new students recruited from the in-school program annually. Of the current student enrollment in the San Francisco Ballet School, 25 percent are current and former DISC students.

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Curriculum and Programming
How to Get Involved
Participating Schools


For general information about Dance in Schools and Communities, please contact Jasmine Yep Huynh, Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support, at or 415.865.6672.


Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, and the Flora Family Foundation are the Co-Lead Sponsors of San Francisco Ballet’s Education Programs.

Additional support is provided by Major Sponsor Wells Fargo Foundation and Sponsors Gap Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

The Dance in Schools and Communities program is supported by Major Sponsor The Charles Henry Leach, II Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.