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)

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

2017 Student Matinees

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
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.

    More information on Haffner Symphony

  • 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.

    More information on Prodigal Son
  • All tickets are only $10
  • A minimum of 10 tickets is required to qualify for the Student Matinee price
  • Student Matinee performances are appropriate for school groups grades 2-12.

Download the Ticket Order Form

Getting There

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.

Directions & Parking Information

Resources for teachers

Make sure your students get the most out of their experience—study guides and other resources are available online at 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 available in January 2017. 

Do you have a question?

For more information, contact Ticket Services at or 415 865 2000, Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Download the 2017 Student Matinee Brochure


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

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.