Summer Session: Program 1

Take your ballet technique deeper in this three week summer intensive.

San Francisco Ballet School student // © Erik Tomasson

Who is this for?
Students ages 12–16

This program is by audition only.


June 17–July 5, 2019

455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.


Classes are taught by SF Ballet School faculty and guests. Students attend classes Monday–Saturday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. The core curriculum includes technique, pointe for girls, and batterie for boys. Additional classes may include repertoire, pas de deux, character dance, pantomime, and conditioning class. Students can expect to attend a minimum of 15 classes per week.


Admission is by audition only. Auditions are open to male and female students, ages 12–18, who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. A National Audition Tour is held annually for students outside of the Bay Area. There is also an option to submit a video audition for international students and students outside of the tour locations. 



Registration Fee $250
Tuition $2,300
International Student Fee $150


Limited chaperoned housing is available during Program 1 for 50 students ages 14–16 at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Housing will be offered by invitation only and students will be notified of their invitation in their acceptance letter. Students who are not invited to housing may elect to be put on a waitlist.

Breakfast and dinner are provided in the cafeteria and students travel on San Francisco’s Muni Metro between the dormitory and the School. Move-in and out dates and full housing information will be provided upon invitation to the program. Students are not required to reside in summer housing if they live locally or will reside with a parent/guardian for the entirety of the summer program.  

Students ages 12-13 are not eligible for housing at SFSU and must either live locally or obtain their own housing with a parent/guardian. A list of alternative housing ideas to help families start their search will be included in the program invitation packet.

Housing Registration: $250
Housing Fee: $2,620


Merit‑based scholarships are offered to students carefully selected by SF Ballet School’s Director. Those students who have been awarded a merit-based tuition scholarship will be notified of this in their audition result letter. 

Need-based financial aid is available to students participating in Summer Session programs. SF Ballet School uses a third-party vendor, TADs, to assess a family’s financial circumstances and need. If your family anticipates a need for financial aid, we recommend reviewing the application in advance so that you can have all of the necessary information and supporting documents ready to apply as soon as you receive your audition result. There is a $35 financial aid application fee that is paid directly to TADS at the time of submitting the application. 

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Those students who are accepted will have two weeks from the date their notification was sent to register for the program. To register and hold your spot, the student must pay the following fees:

$250 Registration Fee
$500 Tuition Deposit (this deposit is counted toward the program tuition)

If registering for summer housing:
$250 Housing Registration Fee
$500 Housing Deposit (this deposit is counted toward the housing fee)

International Students also pay:
$150 International Student Fee
International students who are invited to enroll in the school year program, will be required to obtain an M-1 student visa in order to attend. The Ballet School's Assistant Administrative Director will provide the student with the I-20 form and guidance on how to apply for the visa. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the M-1 visa. If the student arrives at the beginning of the school year without the proper M-1 Visa, they will be sent home immediately. If the student returns for the school year program, they must apply for a new M-1 Visa.

Those who respond after the deadline will be put on a waitlist and notified if space is available after March 15.

Families of students who are applying for financial aid must register for the program and pay the full deposit and registration fees to hold their spot while their financial aid application is reviewed. If SF Ballet School is unable to meet a family’s financial needs, the deposit will be refunded. 

May 1, 2018: All forms and the balance of tuition and housing fees are due

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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“The days are a lot longer in the summer program. You have a lot more classes and more chances to test the limits of your body, experimenting with your capabilities. There’s a lot pressure but at the same time it’s extra time to have fun and work hard. It’s not super stressful. There are still high expectations but there’s something really fun about Summer Session.”

Zoe Lucich, SF Ballet School student
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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 are taught by dancers who held careers performing with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet, and SF Ballet among others. The 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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If you have questions about enrollment, tuition, or a particular program at the School please contact us.

415 865 6700