Student Matinees

SF Ballet performances specifically designed for school groups.

San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

Introduce your students to the joy and wonder of dance by joining San Francisco Ballet for one of our Student Matinee performances. Designed especially for school groups in grades 2-12, these educational performances provide students an engaging introduction to classical and contemporary ballet along with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to stage a ballet performance. Our Student Matinees are a wonderful way to expose students to the transformative power of creativity through the performing arts.

Each educational 75-minute interactive program includes:

  • An introduction to ballet as an art form
  • Performances by SF Ballet professional dancers and pre-professional Trainees from the SF Ballet School, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra
  • Excerpts of some of the Company’s most extraordinary works
  • Insights into the career of a professional dancer with SF Ballet

Download the 2017 Student Matinees Brochure

Performance Dates

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 at 11 am - 12:15 pm
Excerpts from Helgi Tomasson's Haffner Symphony

Immerse your students in a morning of classical ballet. See excerpts of this vibrant and elegant work set to Mozart’s Symphony No. 35. The program will also feature additional works from SF Ballet’s repertory.

Student Matinee tickets for this performance are no longer available.

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Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 11 am - 12:15 pm
Excerpts from Balanchine's Prodigal Son

1929’s Prodigal Son is one of George Balanchine’s early story ballets. It features music by Sergei Prokofiev, and scenic and costume design by Fauvist painter Georges Rouault. This program will also feature additional works from our SF Ballet repertory.

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Can't make either performance? Group tickets start at $25.


Student matinees are only $10—a minimum of 10 tickets is requried to qualify for the Student Matinees price. Student Matinee performances are appropriate for school groups grades 2-12.

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Resources for Teachers

Make sure your students get the most out of their experience with our study guides. For each program, you’ll find standards-based activities that challenge students to think deeply and critically about the performance and about the artistic process. 2017 Season Study Guides will be available in January 2017.

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Please contact Ticket Services at or 415 865 2000, Monday through Friday, 10 am - 4 pm.


The Hearst Foundations is the Principal Sponsor of San Francisco Ballet’s Education Programs. 

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

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the Lead Sponsor of the 2017 Student Matinees.

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

Additional support is provided by Major Sponsor Kaiser Permanente and Sponsors Gap Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.