The San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long tradition of “firsts” since its founding in 1933, performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker. The San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States, among the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre.
The San Francisco Ballet now presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson since 1985, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in America. It commissions new works by world renowned choreographers, gives rise to young talent, acquires existing works by master choreographers, and introduces new interpretations of classic full-length productions.