performances designed for K–12 school groups

Introduce your students to the thrilling excitement of live dance by joining San Francisco Ballet for one of our Student Matinee performances. They are a wonderful way to expose students to the transformative power of creativity through the performing arts. Designed especially for school groups, these engaging and interactive performances captivate students’ imaginations with dazzling choreography, memorable music, and spectacular sets and costumes. Student Matinees are recommended for students in grades 2–6, ages 7–12.

Each educational 75-minute interactive program includes:

  • An introduction to ballet as an art form
  • Performances by SF Ballet professional dancers and pre-professional Trainees from the SF Ballet School, accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra
  • Excerpts from some of the Company’s most extraordinary works
  • Insights into the career of a professional dancer with SF Ballet


Save the date! Join San Francisco Ballet during the 2019–2020 school year for a Student Matinee performance of excerpts from Cinderella or A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Julia Rowe and Angelo Greco in Wheeldon's Cinderella©. (© Erik Tomasson)
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 am–12:15 pm

Excerpts of Cinderellasold out

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Join Cinderella, her two step-sisters, and a cast of magical characters in this timeless fairytale filled with dazzling sets and spellbinding costumes.

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 am–12:15 pm

Excerpts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreographer: George Balanchine

Enter Shakespeare’s enchanted forest where fairies rule and love triumphs.

Performances are held in San Francisco at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue.

Download our 2020 Student Matinee Ticket Order Form

Download our 2020 Student Matinee Brochure


Tickets for Cinderella are SOLD OUT. A Midsummer Night's Dream tickets are still available.

All Student Matinee tickets are $10* per person.

Student Matinees of Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are suggested for school groups grades 2–8, ages 7–14. Student Matinees are for youth audiences and school groups.

*A minimum purchase of 10 tickets is required to qualify for the Student Matinee price.

Educational student groups, K–12 schools, and homeschool groups only, please. As an alternative, adult groups and non-school groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets to full-length performances of Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by contacting our Group Sales Representative at 415-865-6785 or groups@sfballet.org for more info. Learn more about Group Tickets.

Wheelchair spaces are available; please indicate how many wheelchair accessible spaces are needed when ordering. Confirmation of your order request will be sent via email. Admission maps will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the performance date. Increases to processed ticket orders will be allowed on a space-available basis only. No refunds or exchanges.

To ensure a great experience for everyone, no children under age five, including babes in arms. Everyone entering the Opera House, regardless of age, must have a ticket, and children must occupy their own seat.

Student Matinee Docent Program

Each year SF Ballet offers a limited number of free, in-class/pre-performance docent visits to Title I schools attending the Student Matinee. Led by SF Ballet’s team of trained docents, these 35-40 minute interactive presentations are specifically designed to enhance students’ experience at the Student Matinee performance and introduce them to the story behind the ballet, the music they will hear, and key ballet concepts.

For more information or to request a docent visit at your school, please contact:

Jasmine Yep Huynh
Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs

Student Matinee Subsidized Tickets for TITLE I Schools

San Francisco Ballet is pleased to offer a very limited number of partial or fully-subsidized tickets to Title I schools to attend the Student Matinee performances. Due to the limited availability of tickets, Title I schools may request a maximum of 30 tickets per school (not per classroom). Requirements: 1) only Title I schools will be considered; 2) at least one teacher from your school must attend a free professional development workshop at SF Ballet; 3) your school must submit a post-performance evaluation and student worksheets by the end of the school year (evaluation and student worksheets to be provided by SF Ballet). For information about how to request partial or fully-subsidized tickets, contact education@sfballet.org.