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PRE-BALLET

PRE-BALLET

Learn. Dance. Grow.

The joy of ballet begins with Pre-Ballet classes at San Francisco Ballet School. We introduce young children to the fundamentals of classical ballet, focusing on proper body alignment, basic ballet technique and terminology, and musicality. As part of the SF Ballet School family, your energetic young child will learn much more than ballet. Exposure to dance reinforces important life skills like creativity, discipline, and team participation—all in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.

 

2023 Summer Ballet Classes

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2022–23 SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULE

PRE-BALLET FOR 4-YEAR-OLDS

Saturday 9:00–9:45 AM
Sunday 9:00–9:45 & 10:00–10:45 AM

PRE-BALLET FOR 5-YEAR-OLDS

Saturday 9:45–10:30 AM & 10:45–11:30 AM & 11:45–12:30 PM
Sunday 11:15 AM–12:00 PM & 12:15–1:00 PM

PRE-BALLET FOR 6-YEAR-OLDS

Saturday 10:45–11:45 AM
Sunday 9:00–10:00 AM & 10:00–11:00 AM

PRE-BALLET FOR 7-YEAR-OLDS

Saturday 12:00–1:00 PM
Sunday 11:15 AM–12:15 PM & 12:15–1:15 PM

REGISTRATION

2022–23 School Year registration has ended. If you are interested in being added to the email list to be notified about the 2023–24 School Year, please email school@sfballet.org with your student's full name and birthday and which program(s) you are interested in.

For School Year classes, students must register for the class based on their age as of September 1. Classes take place in the studios at 455 Franklin Street in San Francisco and meet one day per week from September–May.

FEES

Registration Fee: $250

2022 SCHOOL YEAR TUITION

Ages 4 & 5: $1,530

Ages 6 & 7: $1,915

PAYMENT TIMELINE

(Registration Fees and Tuition are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment timeline is subject to change.)

Upon enrollment, you will be committing to the entire school year from September to May, and the tuition is split into separate payments.

  1. A non-refundable $250 registration fee will be assessed when the application is submitted.
  2. Within 10 days of submitting this form, you will receive the enrollment packet.
  3. When you complete the enrollment packet, you will set up a payment plan. The tuition balance can be split into 1, 2, or 4 payments.
    1. Your first payment will be charged 10 days after you select a payment plan, and it has been finalized by the Registrar.
    2. You will then receive an email from FACTS with a detailed summary of your account and due dates.
  4. You will have 10 days to complete your enrollment packet, or your student may be put on a waitlist.

financial aid

In order to share our joy of dance with the widest possible audience, a limited amount of financial aid is available for Pre-Ballet. Financial aid is awarded based on a demonstrated need through the Financial Aid Application. The amount of financial aid available each year is dependent upon contributions by SF Ballet donors and careful consideration is given to all requests for assistance. Families may apply once their student has received their invitation for the school year or summer program. Registration fees are not covered by financial aid. Financial aid is awarded for a limited period of time—either one summer session or one regular school year and following summer session. Families must reapply each year to be considered.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend registering as early as possible, as classes do fill up.

WAITLIST

If your preferred class is full, you may request placement on the waitlist by emailing school@sfballet.org with your student’s full name, date of birth, and the date and time of your preferred class.

DETAILS

vaccination requirement

All students are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination when they are age-eligible. Parents will be asked to attest to this in the enrollment process.

FACULTY

Pre-Ballet classes are taught by SF Ballet School Faculty. Faculty will be announced before classes begin.

SCHEDULE CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & STUDENT ABSENCES

Our class schedule is subject to change. We reserve the right to cancel class if the minimum enrollment is not met. As a courtesy to the teacher, we ask that parents report absences to the school office. There are no make-up classes and students may not attend alternate classes.

PARENT OBSERVATIONS

Parents are invited to attend two class observations per school year. Dates will be shared with families at the start of each semester.

AUDITIONS, HIGHER LEVEL CLASSES & PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Because Pre-Ballet is not a part of the graded curriculum at SF Ballet School, we do not require an audition or screening for Pre-Ballet classes. Students who age-out of Pre-Ballet and are seeking admission to our Level 1 class will attend a screening.

LEARN MORE

Students in Pre-Ballet do not participate in Nutcracker or Spring Festival performances.

CONTACT INFORMATION

school@sfballet.org

Scenes from a San Francisco Ballet School pre-ballet class. (© Chris Hardy)

"The greatest thing that SF Ballet School has provided the girls is the appreciation for what it takes to excel at dance and the discipline to pursue it while further stoking their love of ballet. I think it can be difficult to maintain the balance between discipline and joy but SF Ballet School and Ms. Kristi really nail it!”

Carol Carrubba
Pre-Ballet Parent