PreK-12 Dance

Dance in Our Schools

Education in the art of dance engages the artistic processes of creating, performing, and critical analysis. These processes require students to read symbol systems, use critical thinking skills, excel in nonverbal reasoning and communication, exchange ideas, work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, and interact within a multicultural society. More comprehensively, education in the art of dance develops kinesthetic and spatial learning as well as intra- and interpersonal knowledge of self and others. SFUSD has dance classes and programs at many of its schools, see the Offerings section below.

The California dance standards are designed to enable students to achieve dance literacy. To be literate in the artistic discipline of dance, students need to develop specific knowledge, skills, and values that allow for fluency and deep understanding. This means discovering the expressive elements of dance; knowing the dance-based theory, terminology, and symbolic language that is used to comprehend dance; having a clear sense of embodying dance; and being able to reflect, critique, and connect personal experience to dance and the dance community. 

SFUSD Dance Offerings

This section includes dance classes and programs offered in 2020-21.

PreK Dance

SF Ballet Residency in six schools serving 22 classrooms:

  • Bret Harte
  • Drew
  • McLaren
  • Rosa Parks
  • Cobb
  • Havard
  • Bryant

​​​​​​​Lines Ballet

Elementary Dance

Dance Teachers provided by the Arts Department serve in the following schools:


Bessie Carmichael

Bret Harte


Dr. George Washington Carver

Cesar Chavez


El Dorado

Glen Park

Gordon J. Lau



Harvey Milk

Junipero Serra

John Yehall Chin




Paul Revere

George Peabody

Redding (TK)


SF Community




Middle School Dance

Charmichael (Bessie) K8

  • Taiko (Japanese drumming/dance)

King Jr (Dr Martin L) MS

  • Dance - MS

Lick (James) MS

  • Dance - MS

Presidio MS

  • Dance Beginning
  • Dance Intermediate

Revere (Paul) K8

  • Taiko (Japanese drumming/dance)

High School Dance

Asawa (Ruth) SOTA HS

  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3
  • World Dance 1
  • World Dance 2

Independence HS

  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3

Lincoln (Abraham) HS

  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2

Lowell HS

  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3
  • Dance Prod A

Mission HS

  • Dance 1

Washington (George) HS

  • Dance 1
  • Dance 2
  • Dance 3

This page was last updated on April 25, 2022