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Audience Engagement

From classes to lectures, social events, and pre-performance talks, we offer a wide variety of opportunities to explore the fundamentals and the history of ballet, and to meet the artists who are creating ballet today.

Upcoming Events

Ballet Talk

These lively events include a 60-minute talk and Q & A, followed by a wine and cheese reception with the speaker.

May 11, 5–6:30 pm: Creating Work with Marc Brew

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Exploring Ballet

Take a closer look at three iconic ballets: Nutcracker, Etudes, and Rodeo. In these intensive one-day courses, you’ll learn more about these ballets and hear from the artists who perform them. Come discover why these ballets have become classics—and audience favorites.

March 24, 3–5 pm: Exploring Rodeo

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Ballet Chat

You’ve just seen an inspiring performance. Now what? Rather than heading home, channel that insight and creative energy. Ballet Chat isn’t an expert telling you what to think. It’s a chance to have a glass of wine, mingle with fellow ballet fans, and participate in an informal moderated conversation.

Select Sundays immediately following the matinee

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Book Club

Ever wondered about the literature behind the ballets? Or wanted an excuse to delve a little deeper into everyone’s favorite story ballets? We’ll do exactly that: read the story, compare it to the ballet, and, of course, have a glass of wine.

Select Saturdays at 5:00 pm

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Go behind the scenes with Dennis Hudson, former SF Ballet master electrician, on this special once-a-year tour of the War Memorial Opera House. You’ll learn about the unique technical and structural elements of this 1932 Beaux-Arts theater, as well as discovering its quirky secrets.

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