Summer Session: Program 2

Discover what it means to be a professional ballet dancer.

San Francisco Ballet School's 2016 Open House // © Erik Tomasson

Who is this for?
Students ages 16–18

This program is by audition only.


July 8–August 2, 2019

455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

Schedule & Curriculum

Classes are taught by San Francisco Ballet School faculty and special guests. Students attend classes Monday–Saturday, and weekday classes are scheduled between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. There are a minimum of 15 classes weekly. The core curriculum includes technique, pointe for women, batterie for men, and pas de deux. Additional classes may include repertoire, contemporary, and conditioning classes. As a part of your classwork, students will learn selections from San Francisco Ballet's unique and diverse repertory.

Faculty & Guest Instructors

Every summer we invite some of the best instructors from around the world to teach select classes during our summer session. Guests for 2019 Summer Session will be announced soon.

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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 $2,800
International Student Fee $150


Chaperoned housing is available for enrolled Program 2 students at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where breakfast and dinner are provided in the cafeteria. Students travel in San Francisco’s Muni Metro to get to and from the Ballet School. Move-in and out dates and information will be provided upon invitation. Select students will be invited to reside at our Student Residence; invited students will receive additional information.

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

Scholarships, Financial Aid & Payment Plans

Merit‑based scholarships are offered to students carefully selected by SF Ballet School’s Director.

Need-based financial aid is available to students participating 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.

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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, 2019: 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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“Fall, get up, and try again. Take up space, travel across the floor, and show that you’re hungry. Be ambitious but not aggressive—these are two very different things. There is no room for meek people in ballet.”

Cynthia Harvey, Summer Session guest faculty member
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 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