Student Matinees

SF Ballet performances specifically designed for school groups.


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

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

Join San Francisco Ballet during the 2017–18 school year for a Student Matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty. Our 75-minute performance of excerpts from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty will captivate your students’ imagination. Spectacular sets, colorful costumes, dazzling choreography, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score make this a wonderful introduction to ballet. The Sleeping Beauty Student Matinees are for students in grades 2–6.

Performance Dates

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11 am – 12:15 pm
(Grades 2–6)
Friday, February 2, 2018, 11 am – 12:15 pm
(Suggested grades 2–6, open to K–12 groups)

Both 2017–18 Student Matinee performances will feature excerpts from Helgi Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Download the 2018 Student Matinee Brochure


All Student Matinee tickets are $10* each. Student Matinees of The Sleeping Beauty are suggested for grades 2–6, ages 7–12. Student Matinees are for youth audiences and school groups. To order tickets, download the 2018 Student Matinee Ticket Order Form.

Download the 2018 Student Matinee Ticket Order Form

Educational student groups, K–12 schools, and homeschool groups only, please. Other groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets to full-length performances of The Sleeping Beauty by contacting our Group Sales Representative at 415 865 6785 or for more info.

*A minimum order of 10 tickets is required to qualify for the Student Matinee price. Wheelchair locations are available; please indicate how many wheelchair accessible seats are needed when ordering. Confirmation of your order request will be sent via email. Admission maps will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the performance date. Increases to processed ticket orders will be allowed on a space-available basis only. No refunds or exchanges.

To ensure a great experience for everyone, no children under age five, including babes in arms. Everyone entering the Opera House, regardless of age, must have a ticket, and children must occupy their own seat.

Resources for Teachers

Make sure your students get the most out of the Student Matinee experience with our Study Guides. For each Student Matinee, you’ll find standards-based activities that challenge students to think deeply and critically about the performance and about the artistic process. Our Student Matinee performances and Study Guides provide opportunities for youth to learn, explore, and experience the performing arts. Check back in January 2018 to download the Student Matinee Study Guide for The Sleeping Beauty

Learn More


Please contact Ticket Services at or 415 865 2000, Monday through Friday, 10 am–4 pm. For questions about Student Matinees or our education programs for K-12 schools, contact the Department of Education & Training at 415 865 6671.


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

Lead Sponsor of the Student Matinees

The Hearst Foundations
Principal Sponsor of San Francisco Ballet's Education Programs

Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, 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, US Bank, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.