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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, film, and television may seem like disparate art forms with little relationship. But in fact, the ability to preserve dance on film has had a major impact on the preservation and dissemination of the art form, and the transmission of dance on television in the 20th century was instrumental in popularizing the art form in the United States.

9/22: Early Days
9/29: The Dance Boom
10/6: New Modes, New Media

Curious about life behind the curtain at San Francisco Ballet? Ballet Basics is designed to give you everything you need to better appreciate and enjoy a night at SF Ballet. Take a ballet class, hear from an artist, and learn about the history of classical ballet.

10/20 Ballet Basics

Exploring Ballet

Take a closer look at iconic ballets. Go deep into the history and structure of these works and hear from the artists who perform them.

11/3: Exploring Nutcracker

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.

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.

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.