Ballet Classes

For children with an interest in dance or students who dream of a life as a ballet dancer, we offer a training program of unqualified excellence.

Who is this for?
Students interested in ballet or pre-professional dancers ages 8-18

Tuition
Registration: $150
Tuition details sent upon
acceptance

Schedule
September - June
Full Schedule

Location
455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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 discipline 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, and musicality. 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 San Francisco 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 American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the English National Ballet. All classes include live piano accompaniment. 

Admissions

To be accepted into SF Ballet School, students must audition. Auditions are held in the late spring for boys and girls ages eight through 11, with or without previous training. Students ages 12 to 18 should audition for and attend either the intermediate or advanced Summer Session. During the Summer Session, select students are invited to attend the school year program. Summer Session auditions are held nationally in January and February.

Audition Criteria & Schedule for Ages 8–11

Evaluations

Every student in Levels 1 through 8 receives two written evaluations per year. The evaluations will include information on the student’s technical development, attendance, and deportment. In addition, each student will be invited to attend one meeting each year to review his/her progress with the student’s primary teacher and their parents or guardians.

Tuition

To be considered for SF Ballet School we require a $150 registration fee. Once you or your child is admitted into the school we’ll discuss the cost of tuition and eligibility for financial aid.

Scholarships, Financial Aid & Payment Plans

Need-based financial aid is 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 SF Ballet School. Please contact the School for more information.

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Performance Opportunities

Each spring the annual SF Ballet School Student Showcase provides a valuable performance experience and the opportunity to share the students’ accomplishments. Students in Levels 2-8 present the strength of their clean technique in the School demonstration. Advanced-level students and Trainees showcase repertoire from SF Ballet, as well as new works choreographed specifically for them. 

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Student Life

SF Ballet School is in the heart of the vibrant arts center and innovative culture that makes up San Francisco. Here, we provide dedicated students the training and support they need to reach their dreams.

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Housing

Students may be admitted to the School’s student residence located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. With single, double, and triple rooms, the facility accommodates 28 students under the supervision of on-site staff members. Residence programming addresses the students’ growth as responsible young adults on track to a professional career. Students may also choose to arrange their own accommodations for independent living.

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Questions?

If you have questions about enrollment, tuition, or a particular program at the School please contact us.

415 865 6700
school@sfballet.org