The San Francisco Ballet's mission is to share the joy of dance with the widest possible audience -- and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in their school. San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. Founded in 1933, they staged the first full-length American productions of Coppélia (1938) and Swan Lake (1940) and, in 1944, they launched an annual holiday tradition when they produced the first full-length production of Nutcracker in the US.
Led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, Helgi Tomasson, SF Ballet is accompanied by its own orchestra and operates one of the country’s most prestigious schools of ballet. Today they build on their own heritage by commissioning groundbreaking dance from today’s top choreographers, by uncovering new choreographic talent, and by staging modern classics and the works that make up the canon of classic ballet. Their approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes San Francisco Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.
Celebrate ballet, learn about the art form, meet artists, participate in workshops, and experience a host of other exciting and enriching activities.
We want your experience at San Francisco Ballet to be extraordinary. Dress up in your best finery, or feel free to come as you are. Your anticipation will build as you approach the majestic War Memorial Opera House. Arrive early and join us for a drink and an elegant buffet dinner, or reserve a light bite and some bubbly to enjoy during intermission. After a performance, make it an evening to remember with a late-night party at one of the fabulous restaurants in trendy Hayes Valley.
- San Francisco Ballet School
The dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer may begin with Nutcracker. But the real work starts here, at San Francisco Ballet School. San Francisco Ballet School offers a challenging curriculum, taught by faculty members drawn from the ranks of SF Ballet and companies around the world. The School benefits from its close relationship with the Company. In fact, the School is a fundamental part of the institution—more than half of the Company’s dancers are graduates. We emphasize strong classical technique, a flow of movement and athleticism that suggests a sense of energy, freedom, and joy. This style—which reflects the kind of dancing favored by SF Ballet—adapts to meet the demands of any choreographer, any company, and any type of movement.
Enriching the cultural life of the community we call home. At SF Ballet we’re passionate about sharing our love of ballet with our neighbors in the San Francisco Bay Area community. We’re here to spark creativity and inspire imagination in our school outreach efforts, our youth and family programs, our partnerships and in our annual free performances.