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Summer Session

Take your ballet technique to the next level.

Summer Session

Ages 12–18
Intensive programs for intermediate and advanced students
Audition required

Summer Ballet Camp

Ages 8–12
Full day ballet camp for students with some experience in ballet technique

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Pre-Ballet Classes

Ages 4–7
45–60-minute summer ballet classes for our youngest dancers

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When you are ready to take the next step in your dance career, step up to Summer Session at SF Ballet School. We’ll challenge you with a demanding program of dance training that will bring out all you have to offer.

Summer Session provides a deep dive into ballet technique as they prepare you for a career as a professional ballet dancer. Programs are designed to address the individual technical and artistic needs of intermediate and advanced/pre-professional students.

Program 1

Intermediate Students

Designed to provide intermediate students with a deeper understanding of ballet as an art form, this three-week program focuses on improving skills and strength. The curriculum includes technique, pointe, batterie, and pas de deux classes. Additional classes may include repertoire, character dance, pantomime, and conditioning.

Please note: Summer Session admission requires an audition.

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Program 2

Advanced/Pre-Professional Students

This four-week program dedicated to advanced and pre-professional students is designed to explore the demands of a professional career. You’ll be introduced to the unique repertory of San Francisco Ballet while studying technique, pointe, pas de deux, batterie and repertoire, and may include additional classes such as contemporary dance, acting, and conditioning. In all, you can expect to take a minimum of 15 classes each week, so come ready to work.

Please note: Summer Session admission requires an audition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We've got answers—in our Summer Session FAQ.

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Faculty & Guest Instructors

Every summer we invite some of the best instructors from around the world to teach select classes during our summer session. Our 2017 Guest Teachers were Julio Bocca and Larisa Lezhnina. Our 2018 Guest Teachers were Larissa Ponomarenko, Viktor Plotnikov, and Myrna Kamara. Our 2019 Guest Teachers will be announced soon. 

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“Some of these students will dominate the world’s professional dance stages in a few years."

San Francisco Chronicle
Student Life

Once your classes are over, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover the rich cultural life of San Francisco. Our studios are located in the center of the city, just steps away from world renowned SFMOMA, SFJAZZ, SF Opera, and SF Symphony. Shopping and dining? We’ve got you covered with trendy boutiques, coffee shops, chocolatiers, cafes, and pop-up shops in nearby Hayes Valley. 

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

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 selected by our Associate Director. Please contact the School for more information.

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San Francisco Ballet School offers Summer Ballet Camp and Classes in July in the Richmond district studio of Tilly Abbe. Pre-ballet classes are available for children ages 4–7 as well as four different one-week ballet camps for children ages 8–12 who have some ballet experience, although no audition is required.

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If you have a question about a particular program or the School please don't hesitate to contact us.

415 865 6700

Freed of London

The Official Sponsor of San Francisco Ballet School's Summer Session National Audition Tour.