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



taking the stage

One of the most invaluable aspects of training at the San Francisco Ballet School is the opportunity for many students to gain stage experience at a young age. Performing before a live audience teaches stage decorum, instills confidence, and facilitates the transition from student to professional.


Every child that you see onstage in SF Ballet productions is a student at San Francisco Ballet School. From Nutcracker to Cinderella and Swan Lake, children are a necessary component to nearly every story ballet. Advanced level students have the opportunity of rehearsing and performing professional roles alongside the Company dancers for an unmatched component of their curriculum.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker. (© Erik Tomasson)


Each year San Francisco Ballet selects more than 150 students from SF Ballet School to appear with the company in our annual holiday production of Nutcracker. For many, this is the beginning of a career in dance and a lifelong love affair with ballet. All students who wish to participate in Nutcracker must audition to be cast.


Each spring we stage an annual Spring Festival, which is a ticketed public event. Performances begin with class demonstrations given by students in levels 2–8. Select advanced-level students then perform in ballets from the Company's repertory, as well as in works created especially for them. Following one of the performances is a fundraising dinner, which helps support the scholarship programs of SF Ballet School.

San Francisco Ballet School Students in Tomasson's Ballet D'Isoline. (© Lindsay Thomas)
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty. (© Erik Tomasson)


Every season San Francisco Ballet stages productions that may include performance opportunities for younger students. These ballets include Don Quixote, Giselle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, among others. In addition, advanced students may be selected to perform with the Company in some of their larger repertory works. Students from our Trainee Program have the opportunity to perform locally, nationally, and internationally.