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