Plan Your Visit!

We at Silicon Valley Ballet want your experience to be exceptional.  Below are various considerations to keep in mind when visiting the theatre or studios.

Performance Recommendations

San Jose's downtown theater district offers several parking options.  

Make it a Date  

Make dinner reservations beforehand, to enjoy all that downtown San Jose has to offer. We recommend a reservation time of 6:00pm, to ensure enough time to arrive for an 8:00pm performance. San Jose's vibrant downtown restaurant scene offers menus to suit every palate. The Grill on the Alley, Morton's Steakhouse, and Scott's Seafood are nearby favorites, or try a trendy spot at San Pedro Square Market.

Theater Etiquette

Theatre traditions help make your visit an occasion to remember. We want to answer any questions you might have to make your visit special and fun.

Should I bring my kids? Who else will enjoy the ballet?

Everyone wants to have a great time at the ballet! Children will enjoy our narrative ballets such as The Nutcracker and ALICE (in wonderland). The man in your life is sure to love our innovative Bodies of Technology program, and with a well-timed hint, we bet they'll surprise you with tickets!  For balletomanes, the Director’s Choice program offers a selection of beloved works from an international repertoire.

When should I applaud? 

There is no better time to applaud then when you feel moved to do so! Clap when you're inspired, gasp when you're amazed, laugh or cry when you are moved to do so. Dancers love performing for a live audience, and your reaction lets them know their talent and artistry is appreciated!

What happens if I’m late?  

You will not be seated until intermission. There are also no refunds nor exchanges in the event of this occurrence.  

Can I whisper?  

We’d appreciate that you don’t gab during the live performance! SVB is working on technology to allow more interaction with the dance performance, but until that time, please observe the tradition of the theater, and save your comments for intermission.

Can I take photos?

The dancers' images are their professional identity, and they are protected through the American Guild of Musical Artists. Please take photos during intermission, and share them on social media! #SiliconValleyBallet. Unfortunately no photography is allowed during performances.

Visiting our Historic San Jose Studios

Where do I park?

Paid parking is available off Market street at two locations, the San Pedro Square Garage and the Victory Parking Garage are good locations. Parking fees vary by the hour.

Can I hold my event at the San Jose Studios?

If you are interested in renting space in our studios, contact David Eck at

How do I get in?

If there is no one at the front desk to buzz you in, press the Call button or dial 000 on the call box to the left of our main door. The box office can be accessed at a separate entrance to the right of the main studio doorway.

What should I bring?

There are many things that will make your visit to our studios more comfortable, especially if you're here to take a drop-in class. We know you'll love item number six!!

1. A small towel. There are no showers at the studios, so please bring a towel for perspiration.
2. A water bottle. Please bring a water bottle, or purchase one from the school office. We have water, not hundreds of cups.
3. Your favorite exercise attire. Wear comfortable clothing makes you feel fabulous. Ballet slippers are recommended for drop-in ballet classes. Pilates mats are recommended for drop-in pilates classes.
4. Lunch money. Sample some of the great restaurants and cafés available in our vibrant downtown San Jose neighborhood!
5. Your cell phone on silent. We want you to post all about your great experience at #siliconvalleyballet, but please keep your phone silent during class. Photos of company members are prohibited.
6. Enthusiasm! You're here because you love to dance and so are we. Bring that joy to the studio for an unforgettable experience.