Class Descriptions

San Francisco Dance Space offers both weekday and weekend classes.  All classes at SFDS are drop off and not open to viewing. Observation classes are scheduled as part of the curriculum and those dates are available on our calendar.  This is to limit student distractions, so that students may get the most out of their instruction time.  All of our students are invited to perform in our annual dance performance in June.  

Classes with less than 5 students enrolled are subject to cancellation. New students should contact SFDS to schedule an assessment for placement.  SFDS maintains the right to hold students back in a level if they have not met the technical requirements necessary to build on in the following level regardless of age.  

Pre-Ballet Program 

Pre-K Ballet (Ages 3-4)

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm  | Saturdays 9:30-10:30am  |  

The goal of this class is to introduce your child to the world of dance in a positive and nurturing atmosphere.  Your tiny dancers will learn classical ballet steps, fun strengthening/stretching exercises,  travel like a butterfly and create a dance landscape with their imaginations.  Musicality, shapes and lines, directional awareness and class etiquette will also be a focus of the toddler program.  Musical accompaniment for this class varies from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker to Disney’s the Little Mermaid.  To enroll, students MUST be 3 years of age by the first class of the session.                                                                      

 Pink Pre K4 (Ages 4-5)

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm  |  Saturdays am TBD

This class is a follow up to Toddler Ballet.  At this stage students are ready to incorporate more technical steps into their dance vocabulary.  We begin to work in the devant position with more focus on turn out.  Students also begin to explore the connection between their heads and arm placement.  In addition, they will focus on balance, musicality/rhythm, and body alignment.  

Blue Level II (Ages 5-6)

Mondays 3:30-4:30pm  |  Thursdays 5:15-6:15pm  | Saturdays TBD

The Blue level is the final level in our pre-Ballet program and is a transitional level.  We continue working on vocabulary they have acquired in Toddler Ballet and the Pink level and more class time is dedicated to strength and technical detail.  Following this level, students will begin working with one arm on the barre.

Ballet Program 

Mint Level onward, students begin working with one arm on the barre with more focus on alignment and transfer of weight. Classes are designed to work with the body's needs, building on alignment, balance, strength and flexibility, as well as beauty and precision. Classes follow a traditional format: barre work, stretching, center work, and across the floor combinations.

Mint Level III  (Ages 6-7)

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm  |  Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm  |  Saturdays  TBD

Coral Level IV (Ages 7-8)

Mondays 3:30-4:30pm  |  Fridays 3:30-4:30pm  | Saturdays TBD

Lilac Level V (Ages 8-9)*

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm  |  Fridays 4:30-5:30pm  |  Saturdays 12:30-1:30pm (Lilac/Aqua mixed level)

Aqua Level VI (Ages 9-10)*

Mondays 4:30-5:30pm (Aqua/Purple mixed level)  |  Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm  | Saturdays 12:30-1:30pm (Lilac/Aqua mixed level)

                                                     Purple Level /pre-pointe (Ages 10-13)**

                    Mondays 4:30-5:30pm (Aqua/Purple mixed level)  |   Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm  |  Fridays 5:30-6:30pm

Students in this level who will be 11 years by June of 2018 and wish to be assessed for Pointe I the following fall (2019) MUST attend 2 Ballet classes/week minimum.  Please note that this is NOT a guarantee of eligibility for Pointe.

Royal/Pointe Level I (Ages 11-14)**

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm + 6:30-7:00pm Pre Pointe  | Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 + 5:30-6:00pm Pre Pointe

Students who completed a full year of the previous Purple level and wish to continue on the Pointe track are required to enroll in both Royal class options for the full 1.5 hours.  Students not wishing to pursue Pointe may sign up for 1 class per week and are only required to take the 1 hour class.

Burgundy/Pointe level I (Ages 11-14)**

Teal / Pointe Level II  (Ages 11-15)**

Junior Company (Ages 11-16)***

Monday  5:30-7:00pm  |  Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm  |  5:30-7:00pm  |  6:00-7:30pm

 Students invited to enroll in our Junior Company classes are required to register for two Junior Company classes per week as well as a third class.  The third class may include a 3rd Ballet technique class, Repertory, Contemporary, or Strength and Flexibility.  

Contemporary Classes

Popularized by SYTYCD this style of dance takes Ballet and fuses it with modern, jazz and lyrical forms. This class is designed to teach the dancer how to incorporate the fluidity of the whole body and graduate from pure classical shapes.  By performing these exercises both center and off center, on the floor and with the freedom of the torso, hips, and legs, the ballet dancer best transitions from barre and floor to full body expression and to the stage. It is important that students already have a sense of center and therefore our Contemporary classes are open only to students Lilac Level and above (3rd grade).

Contemporary 1,2  (3rd, 4th, 5th grades)

Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm  |

Contemporary 3,4 (6th-9th grade students enrolled in 2 ballet classes/week)

                                                                     Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm                                                                                        

Repertory Class

Repertory (Ages 11-15)

* Instructor approval required

In Repertory class students will learn both solo variations from the classical Ballets as well as group choreography.  This class will continue to develop the young artist as a performer helping them to develop intention, focus and providing them with additional time to work on choreography outside of technique class. Repertory class is open as a third class option to students Royal Level and above who are already enrolled in 2 technique classes/week due to the level of material presented and level of focus and artistry required.  Subject to instructor approval.

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

Strength and Flexibility

NEW CLASS!  Work with our instructors in a smaller group setting to build on strengthening your core, feet and legs while learning new flexibility exercises to achieve better extension.  This class will incorporate dance stretches, Yoga, therabands and yoga blocks for a 45 minute class which will target the muscles needed to get that beautiful arabesque and develop your functional flexibility.  Students should wear dance attire and bring theraband to class.

This class is intended for students enrolled in a minimum of 2 technique classes/ week.

Mondays 4:45-5:30pm  |  Tuesdays 5:45-6:30pm  | Wednesdays 4:30-5:15pm  | Wednesdays 6:15-7:00pm  |  Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm


* Enrollment in 2 classes per week is encouraged at this level

** Enrollment in 2 technique classes per week is required at this level; a 3rd class is encouraged

*** Enrollment in 3 classes per week and instructor recommendation is required for these classes.