San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has a history of making history. Founded in 1933, the company staged the first full-length American productions of Coppélia (1938) and Swan Lake (1940) and, in 1944, we launched an annual holiday tradition when we 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 we build on our 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. Our approach defines ballet in the 21st century, and it makes San Francisco Ballet the essential place to see the most adventurous dance in America.
This summer, San Francisco Ballet will return to the Stanford Live Arts Festival at Frost Amphitheater to present Starry Nights, August 5 and 6 at 8:00 pm PDT, following the success of the Company’s Frost Amphitheater debut in 2021.
SF Ballet appointed Tamara Rojo as its next artistic director, the first woman to lead the country’s oldest professional ballet company that has balanced an innovative focus on new and contemporary choreography with a deeply held dedication to classical ballet for nine decades.