Dance in Schools & Communities

Dance in Schools & Communities (DISC) teaches students 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.

Who is this for?
SF K-12 public schools interested in extending their arts education program

There are no costs associated with this program

9-week program

At participating schools

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.

SF Ballet collaborates closely with San Francisco Unified School District to select and implement the Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) residency program in K-12 public schools in San Francisco.

DISC uses world music traditions and rhythms from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern and Western Europe to introduce students to concepts universal to dance, such as space, time, energy, level, and force. Program activities demonstrate the differences and similarities among cultures expressed through movement and music, and encourage appreciation of diverse cultures throughout the world. Classes are all-inclusive with students actively participating, regardless of their musicality or physical aptitude for dance. Students who take lessons with the DISC program participate with their entire classroom. Classes are led by professional artist educators.

There are a few minimum requirements for elementary schools that wish to host a Dance in Schools and Communities Residency:

1. All participating schools must be public schools managed by the San Francisco Unified School District.
2. Schools must have a large, clean, well-lighted, unobstructed gym, activity room, or auditorium to conduct residency classes.
3. School principals and teachers are expected to actively support the program, designating a primary contact person for all communications.

View a list of current DISC partner schools

Questions & Additional Information

For more information about the Dance in Schools program, please contact:

Jasmine Yep Huynh
Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support
415 865 6672

Student Matinees

Designed especially for school groups in grades 2 through 12, student matinees at San Francisco Ballet are a great way to introduce young people to the joy, wonder, and excitement of ballet.

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Educator Resources

Study guides prepared by San Francisco Ballet ensure public school teachers can help their students get the most out of their visit to SF Ballet. For each program, teachers will find standards-based, curriculum-approved activities that challenge students to think deeply and critically about the SF Ballet performance they experience.

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Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are the Lead Sponsors of San Francisco Ballet’s Education Programs.

Additional support is provided by Major Sponsor Kaiser Permanente and Sponsors Gap Foundation, US Bank 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.

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