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

Registration: $200
Tuition details sent upon

September 10, 2018–June 1, 2019

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. 


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 for Ages 8–11


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.


To be considered for SF Ballet School we require a $200 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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Boys' Open House
May 12, 2018 

Calling all boys! Ballet training offers an incredible opportunity for young boys to develop strength, discipline, self-motivation, poise, physical adroitness, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Boys ages 8-11 and their parents are invited to San Francisco Ballet School’s Boys Open House to learn more about the School and take an inside look at what it’s like to be a student.

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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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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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Continue your ballet training this summer with classes at the San Francisco Ballet School. All classes are taught by SF Ballet faculty in our studios with live accompaniment. Classes are available for ages 4–7 on Saturdays, and ages 8–13 on weekdays. The weekday classes are available for children who have some ballet experience, although no audition is required.

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

415 865 6700