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SF Ballet Chairman's Council Dinner 2015, Four Season's Hotel // © Nikki Ritcher Photography

BRAVO is the Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization—a group of more than 300 dance enthusiasts whose services and support are vital to the on-going success of San Francisco Ballet. Each year the men and women of BRAVO contribute over 14,000 hours of volunteer assistance, striving behind the scenes to bring the wonder of ballet to life. In the process they get a personal close encounter with the inner workings of the world of SF Ballet.

BRAVO is a Grand Benefactor of San Francisco Ballet, an honor given in recognition of its significant contribution to fulfilling the mission of the Company.

Volunteer Areas


BRAVO members assist with clerical, public relations, marketing, mailing, and related outreach and development work. They also perform retail and sales support functions for the SF Ballet Shop.


Volunteers offer key support for activities of the SF Ballet School, including the annual Student Showcase, and for a wide range of adult education and audience engagement programs.


Backstage assistance is provided for performances that include young dancers from the San Francisco Ballet School – most notably during the busy Nutcracker season. About 45 volunteers are needed for each Nutcracker show to work backstage in the Opera House, in the Ballet Shop, at Family Performances, and at Club Nut.


Volunteers help Ballet staff with receptions, donor recognition, lectures and special events. They assist the SF Ballet Auxiliary with major fund-raisers including the Opening Night Gala and Student Showcase Dinner. BRAVO volunteers also assist with dance-related activities in the community and enjoy the company of fellow members at bi-monthly meetings and members-only events.

Become a Bravo Member

At BRAVO your action has impact. Join BRAVO and experience the excitement of helping bring SF Ballet to life. To become a BRAVO member:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old
  2. Attend an Introduction to BRAVO Meeting for prospective volunteers
  3. Volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per year

Apply for BRAVO

Twyla Powers, BRAVO Volunteer

"Being part of BRAVO is all about the people – dedicated volunteers, wonderful staff, amazing dancers, happy audiences, 'take your breath away' performances.  It is just so much FUN!"

2019–2020 BRAVO Board

Steve Merlo, President 
Pirkko Lucchesi, Vice President 
Patricia Knight, Secretary 
Paulette Cauthorn 
Martha Debs 
Joan Green 
Julie Hawkins 
Giovanna Jackson 
Pirkko Lucchesi 

Have a question?

Visit the BRAVO page, email us at, or give us a call at 415 865 6750.