Providing free dance education to K–12 students

Established in 1979, the Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) residency program was created in response to an expressed need for arts instruction in public schools that would also provide a means of access, education, and opportunity for students of diverse cultural backgrounds. SF Ballet’s current DISC residency program serves nearly 3,000 SFUSD students each year at the elementary, middle, and high school level.

WHO IS THIS FOR: SFUSD K–12 public schools interested in extending their arts education programming.
COSTS: There are no costs associated with this program.
SCHEDULE: Multi-week residency program
LOCATION: At participating schools


The SF Ballet DISC residency program introduces dance in a hands-on and dynamic way that enables students to learn through standards-based lessons that link to the core curriculum. Dance provides students with opportunities to develop fundamental skills such as creative expression, listening, problem-solving, coordination, and collaboration. During the in-school dance residency, students discover creative expression through movement, investigate the elements of dance, learn about a variety of dance genres, and explore various cultural and folk dances from around the world through the lens of ballet. Students expand their vocabulary and enhance their expressive communication skills while learning about dance and music traditions from other cultures. All residencies are taught by professional teaching artists from SF Ballet with live musical accompaniment.

SFUSD Division Grade Levels Served Residency Length Curricular Connections
Elementary School 2nd & 3rd 9 weeks General Education
Middle School 6th-8th 6-8 weeks P.E., ELA, ELD
High School 9th 5 weeks P.E., ELA, ELD


There are a few minimum requirements for schools that wish to host a Dance in Schools and Communities residency:

  • All participating schools must be public schools managed by the San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Schools must have a well-lit, unobstructed gym, activity room, or auditorium to conduct residency classes.
  • School principals and teachers are expected to actively support the program, designating a primary contact person for all communications.


For more information about SF Ballet’s Education Programs for K–12 teachers and schools, please contact:

Jasmine Yep Huynh
Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs

Amanda Alef
Education Coordinator


SF Ballet collaborates closely with San Francisco Unified School District to select and implement the Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) residency program in K–12 public schools in San Francisco. During the 2019–20 school year, the DISC residency program will serve approximately 3,000 students in 38 public schools in San Francisco. SF Ballet’s Education Programs also serve additional schools throughout the Bay Area through a variety of other dance education programs.

Alamo Elementary
Argonne Elementary
Buena Vista Horace Mann K–8
Clarendon Alternative Elementary
Cleveland Elementary
Dianne Feinstein Elementary
Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary
El Dorado Elementary
Dolores Huerta Elementary
Francisco Middle School
George Peabody Elementary
Glen Park Elementary
Grattan Elementary
Guadalupe Elementary
James Lick Middle School
John Muir Elementary
John Yehall Chin Elementary
Lafayette Elementary
Lakeshore Elementary School
Lawton Alternative School (K–8)
Leonard Flynn Elementary
Longfellow Elementary
Marshall Elementary
Mission Education Center
New Traditions Creative Arts Elementary
Redding Elementary
Rosa Parks Elementary
S.F. Public Montessori
Sherman Elementary
Spring Valley Science Elementary
Starr King Elementary
Sunset Elementary
Sutro Elementary
Tenderloin Community School
Visitacion Valley Elementary School
Raoul Wallenberg High School
Rooftop Middle School
Yick Wo Elementary


Bank of America, Chevron, the Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Koret Foundation, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are Lead Sponsors of San Francisco Ballet’s Education Programs.

Additional support is provided by Gap Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

The Dance in Schools and Communities program is supported by The Charles Henry Leach, II Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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