Dancers come to the Conservatory with various objectives. While many aspire to either dance, choreograph or teach professionally, others are interested in pursuing arts production or management careers or simply wish to continue their dance education for personal enrichment. What they all share in common is a passion for classical/modern/contemporary dance, the attainment of an advanced level of dance ability, inquisitive minds and a sound work ethic.

Students in our Year-Round Program, which runs September through mid-May, generally fall within the age range of 17 through 23. While most have either completed or taken leave from their academic studies, some manage to pursue academic study concurrently at various Bay Area colleges (such as U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, St. Mary’s College, Mills College, and City College of San Francisco). A number of enterprising high school seniors from out-of-state have found ways to complete their diploma requirements remotely while studying at the Conservatory.

During our Summer Intensive Program, dancers as young as 14 join the student body. Our summer students come to us from dance schools all over the United States and from the college dance programs of such institutions as University of California Irvine, California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, Ailey/Fordham University, Cornish College of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, State University of New York Purchase, University of Arizona, and University of Utah, among many others. Participants often include apprentices and young professional dancers on summer leave who recognize the program’s potential to help them further advance their technical and artistic development.

Former Conservatory students are currently dancing, or have danced, with the following companies:

Ailey II Complexions New Chamber Ballet
Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement DanceWorks Chicago NWPDP Company
Alyce Finwall Dance Theater Dandelion Dancetheater Oakland Ballet
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Dominic Walsh Dance Theater ODC Dance
Ate9 FACT/SF Oregon Ballet Theater
Atlanta Ballet Hope Mohr Dance Peninsula Ballet Theater
Backhausdance Houston Ballet II Philein/ZiRu Productions
Ballet British Columbia Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Post:Ballet
Ballet Memphis Hubbard Street Dance Chicago II Project THRUST
Ballet MetBallet Nouveau Colorado Inland Pacific Ballet Robert Moses' KIN
Ballet Nouveau Colorado James Sewell Ballet Royal Danish Ballet
Ballet Pacifica Janice Garrett & Dancers Sacramento Ballet
Ballet West Le Moulin Rouge San Antonio Ballet Company
Ballet West II Lee Saar The Company San Diego Opera Ballet
Bally's Las Vegas Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal San Francisco Opera Ballet
Baltimore Opera Ballet Lines Ballet Sharp & Fine
BARE Dance Company Liss Fain Dance Shift >>> Physical Theater
Batsheva Dance Company little seismic dance company Stadttheater Bremerhaven
Batsheva Ensemble Los Angeles Ballet St. Louis Ballet
Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Luna Negra Dance Theater Texas Ballet Theater
BODYTRAFFIC lustigdancetheatre Texas Dance Theater
Boston Ballet I Mark Foehringer Dance Company The Foundry
Boston Ballet II Mark Morris Dance Group The Metropolitan Opera
burns-work Miami City Ballet The Rockettes
Cali & Co. Milwaukee Ballet 2 Tilt Dance Company
Carnival Cruise Lines Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company Utah Regional Ballet
Chattanooga Ballet Movin Out (Musical Touring Company) Zhukov Dance Theater
Compania Nacional de Danza Nashville Ballet Zorro The Musical
Company C Nashville Ballet II  
Company E Nevada Ballet Theater  

A number of other former students are actively teaching or choreographing in dance schools across the country, while others are working in various arts administration positions.

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