SCHOOL & EDUCATION
San Francisco Ballet School and education programs
The dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer may begin with Nutcracker; however, the real work starts here at San Francisco Ballet School.
We offer a challenging curriculum, taught by faculty members drawn from the ranks of SF Ballet and companies around the world. The School is a fundamental part of the institution—65% of the Company dancers trained in the School. We emphasize strong classical technique, a flow of movement and athleticism that suggests a sense of energy, freedom, and joy. This style—which reflects the kind of dancing favored by SF Ballet—adapts to meet the demands of any choreographer, any company, and any type of movement.
Under the combined leadership of SF Ballet School Director Patrick Armand and SF Ballet School Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, the School has a dual mission: to train classical ballet dancers capable of joining the ranks of SF Ballet and other world-class companies; and to offer young children and adults in the Bay Area an introduction to classical ballet and the joy of moving to music.