San Francisco Ballet School is America’s oldest professional training academy. Overseen by Director Helgi Tomasson and Associate Director Patrick Armand (pictured below), the School attracts students from around the world, training approximately 700 young dancers annually. In addition to filling the ranks of SF Ballet, graduates have joined distinguished ballet companies throughout the world. More than 50 percent of the professional dancers in the SF Ballet
Company received training in our School.
The challenging curriculum, taught by an expert staff, emphasizes a strong classical technique and a flow of movement that suggests a sense of energy, freedom, and joy—reflecting the kind of dancing favored by San Francisco Ballet. It is a style that readily adapts to meet the demands of any choreographer, any company, any type of movement. In the supportive atmosphere at SF Ballet School, there are classes for all ages and levels of ability; discovering the joy of dance is an essential part of learning ballet. At levels beyond pre-ballet, girls and boys are placed in one of eight levels according to age, experience, and ability. They follow a structured sequence of training stages, designed to increase their technical skills, stamina, and self-discipline in accordance with their age and physical development. The program includes classes in technique, pointe work, pas de deux (partnering), men's technique, contemporary dance, character dance, mime, conditioning, and music.
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