About

As America's oldest professional ballet academy, SF Ballet School is a distinguished training ground for young dancers from around the world.

SF Ballet's Student Showcase // © Chris Hardy

Pursue a life in dance. When you enroll in the San Francisco Ballet School, you follow in the footsteps of thousands of young dancers who have honed the skills that set them on the path toward a career in ballet. As an extension of SF Ballet, our school possesses a decades-long track record of training dancers at the highest levels of excellence. Our facilities include nine light-filled spacious studios, company rehearsal rooms, changing rooms, a library, and a fully equipped dancer wellness center.  

Our faculty have danced with companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, The Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Together they emphasize athleticism, exuberance, and formal technique grounded in classical training. The result is a foundation in classical ballet that celebrates individual talent and encourages the highest level of excellence.

Our History

From day one, the founders of San Francisco Ballet recognized that ballet performed at the pinnacle of excellence required rigorous training. As the oldest ballet academy in the country, San Francisco Ballet School provides training for dancers who would one day take the stage at SF Ballet and other top ballet companies. 

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Faculty

Those who dance, teach. Students at SF Ballet School are taught by dancers who enjoyed illustrious careers performing with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet, and SF Ballet, among others. Our prestigious faculty is joined from time to time by current SF Ballet Company members and artistic staff, as well as renowned guest teaching artists.

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Student Life

Living and training in San Francisco puts you at the epicenter of the City’s downtown arts scene: world-class opera, symphony, jazz, and museums, movie theaters, bookstores, trendy shops, and eateries are all within easy walking distance.

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Directions & Contact Information

Find your way to San Francisco Ballet School. We are located at 455 Franklin Street, in the administrative headquarters of San Francisco Ballet. If you have additional questions about our program, how to enroll, or our schedule of classes, please click the link below.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

At SF Ballet School we are committed to excellence, no matter where we find it. We honor your commitment with need-based financial aid, which we make available to Level 1-8 students participating in the year-round program and all students participating in the Summer Session programs. Merit‑based scholarships are offered to upper-level students as determined by the Associate Director of the School.

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“Armand and his staff have done a fine job nurturing their talents, and their names will surely appear on the company roster in the next few years.”

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Alumni & Testimonials

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