The Clara panel at the Exploring Nutcracker seminar // © Brandon Patoc




Become an expert yourself during intensive, one-day classes that bring you deeper into the selected work and let you hear from the dancers and artists themselves.

SF Ballet is known for its simultaneous mastery of the classics and of innovative new work. This year become an expert yourself at Exploring Ballet. These intensive one-day classes bring you into the histories and interpretations of the selected works, as well as let you hear from the dancers and artists who bring them to life. This year’s seminars will focus on two classics – Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet – and on the creative process itself.

  • Session 1: Exploring the Creative Process
    • Featuring James Steichen, PhD, historian of the performing arts, and Choreographer Danielle Rowe and Choreographer and Soloist Myles Thatcher
  • Session 2: Exploring Romeo and Juliet
    • Featuring Simon Morrison, music historian and author, with SF Ballet Principal Dancers Mathilde Froustey and Joseph Walsh
  • Session 3: Exploring Swan Lake
    • Featuring a pre-recorded talk on the history of Swan Lake by Alastair Macaulay, critic and historian of the performing arts and former chief dance critic of The New York Times. Followed by a live discussion with Principal Dancer Jennifer Stahl and Soloist Julia Rowe on dancing this classic ballet.


  • March 2: Exploring the Creative Process
  • May 4: Exploring Romeo and Juliet
  • May 18: Exploring Swan Lake

Time: 6:00–7:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: General Admission: $30
Donors and subscribers get these programs for a reduced rate or for free!

Classes go off sale at 10 am the morning of the event and Zoom links will be sent shortly thereafter.