Established in 2004, the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program is a one- to two-year pre-professional program comprised of students chosen from the School's most advanced level. This comprehensive program provides the experience necessary to ease the transition from student to professional dancer, all while offering personal attention in a close, nurturing environment.
Trainees participate in daily ballet technique class, as well as pointe, batterie, and pas de deux classes taught by San Francisco Ballet School faculty members. They rehearse and perform classical and contemporary works from the repertory of San Francisco Ballet and works staged especially for them. Trainees also participate in workshops on teaching a ballet class, choreography, and stagecraft.
Trainees perform from October to June throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in outreach programs at schools and community centers, at corporate and special events, and they are presented in dedicated full-evening performances. They understudy and dance in many San Francisco Ballet productions including Tomasson's Nutcracker and in full-length ballets like Swan Lake and Giselle. The year culminates with the San Francisco Ballet School Student Showcase performances in May.
Past Trainee performances
Participation is by invitation from San Francisco Ballet School Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and School Director Patrick Armand. Students are selected from the most advanced ballet class, level eight.