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




Become an expert yourself during intensive 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 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.

  • Session 1: Exploring next@90 festival – Jan 30
    • SF Ballet School Faculty Member Dana Genshaft discusses transitioning from dancer to choreographer.
    • Choreographer and SF Ballet Corps de Ballet Member Pemberley Ann Olson demonstrates the intricacies of beginning a new work.
    • Dance Educator Mary Wood gives a talk on SF Ballet’s commitment to nurturing the creation of new works throughout its history, from Willam Christensen through next@90.
  • Session 2: Exploring Giselle – Feb 15
    • SF Ballet Principal Dancer Nikisha Fogo and Soloist Steven Morse share their experience learning and dancing Giselle.
    • Professor of Dance History Beth Genné gives an illustrated talk on the revolutionary nature of Giselle in the 19th century and how it remains relevant now.
    • SF Ballet School Faculty Member Larissa Ponomarenko demonstrates classical mime with Level 8 Students and invites you to join in.


Contact Cecelia Beam, Audience Engagement Coordinator


The information, views, and opinions expressed at all audience engagement programs are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of the San Francisco Ballet Association.

Questions? Please contact offstage@sfballet.org

* Wearing a mask is recommended but not required for Audience Engagement Programs at SF Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, 94102. More information here: sfballet.org/safety.

Dates & Times:

  • January 30, 2023, 6–8 PM
  • February 15, 2023, 6–8 PM

Location: SF Ballet, Chris Hellman Center for Dance, 455 Franklin Street

Cost: General Admission $30; Subs/Donors: $25; Free for CS+

Classes go off sale at 10 am the morning of the event and if the event is on Zoom you will receive a link shortly thereafter.