San Francisco Ballet School students performing during the 2016 student showcase. (© Chris Hardy)



Virtuosity. Discipline. Grace.

Girls and boys are placed in one of eight levels according to age, experience, and ability. Ballet classes at San Francisco Ballet School follow a progressively more rigorous path, beginning with young boys and girls ages eight through 11 in Level 1 and increasing in difficulty to our pre-professional programs for 18-year-old dancers in Level 8.

Classes follow a structured sequence of training stages designed to increase technical skills, stamina, and artistry in accordance with students’ age and physical development. We start with the joy of moving to music, and support that with a foundation in classical technique and instruction in basic ballet terminology. The program, over the course of several levels, incorporates technique, pointe work, pas de deux, men's technique, contemporary dance, character dance, conditioning, music and dance history classes. As students master each level and progress to the next, classes become increasingly challenging, as we prepare students for a career in professional ballet.

Each year, more the 400 students enroll in the ballet program at SF Ballet School, coming to us from across the US and Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, England, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Ukraine.

Our regular faculty has danced with some of the foremost ballet companies in the world, including SF Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the English National Ballet. All classes include live piano accompaniment.