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Why arts?

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”

Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

". . . the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term 'education.' We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts."

–National Standards for Arts Education


Arts Education Matters

Supporting the Arts

The City of San Ramon Arts Advisory Committee is committed to supporting the arts community in San Ramon. They have recently published this Arts Marketing Toolkit to assist those involved in the local arts community.

>>Download the Arts Marketing Toolkit


The City of San Ramon Parks & Community Services Department offeres a wide variety of performing arts classes for all ages ranging in disciplines from Theater, Music & Dance.

Fall 2017 Activity Guide

Dance Program Information............................................................

The majority of dance classes are taught by Christie Tomlinson on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at The San Ramon Community Center and Heather Tabor - All 4 Dance on Saturdays at The Dougherty Station Community Center. Both instructors specialize in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.

A wide variety of other dance classes are offered including Polynesian Dance, Bollywood Dance, and Irish Dance.

The City also offeres multiple adult dance classes including Ballet, Dance Fusion, and Belly Dance.

The Parks & Community Services holds an annual Dance Recital at The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and select classes participate. This year recitals will take place on Saturday June 2.

>> Christie Tomlinson

>>Heather Tabor - All 4 Dance

>>Deb Saravia - Adult Ballet, Adult Dance Fusion & Resident Dance Company JATS


Camp Central

Summer Camps

San Ramon offers a wide variety of Summer Camps in the Performing Arts. Choose from many exciting options in dance, music, and theater. Performing arts camps are offered as part of Camp Central at Central Park or Camp Central at Dougherty Station.

Summer 2018 information coming soon.

For more information on Camp Central please Click Here.

Community Bands

San Ramon Symphonic Band

San Ramon Symphonic Band

-Band rehearses Tuesday nights 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Amador Rancho Center

Be a part of the San Ramon Symphonic Band, led by conductor Larry Colon. Band is open to musicians 15 years old and up. Instruments may include: piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, cornet, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuna, electric bass, drums, timpani. Two participation options are available: (1) Register for the full year, attend rehearsals and play in all 4 concerts, or (2) 'Pay As You Go' by regisering to attend rehearsals and play in specific concerts. Prospective (new) band members must observe a rehearsal and be approved by the conductor prior to registration.

2017 - 2018 Concerts

  • October 8, 2017 Song & Dance
  • December 22, 2017 Holiday Movie Magic
  • March 23, 2018 Legends of Pop
  • May 13, 2018 A Mother's Love

Concerts are held at The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. Symphony in the Round concert will be held at The San Ramon Community Center at Central Park. Tickets are $7 for adults/seniors and Free for children.

San Ramon Youth Symphony

-Band rehearses Monday nights 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Amador Rancho Center

The Youth Symphony Directed by David Sego of Galileo Music Academy is an opportunity for string & woodwind students ages 10 - 18 to play in a large ensemble. The symphony performs 2 concerts per year. Acceptance into the symphony is by audition only. Instruments include: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, timpani & percussion.

Interested students and parents should attend an informational meeting at 7:00 pm on August 22, 2016 at the Amador Rancho Center. Auditions will be scheduled for all interested students on August 29, 2016 between 5:00 pm - 9:00pm.

2017 - 2018 Concerts

  • February 12, 2018 at The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
  • May 21, 2018 at The Front Row Theater


Performance Groups

Jumpin at the Sun Dance Company

>>Jumpin' at the Sun (JATS) Resident Dance Company



Suburban Thunder Improv

>>Suburban Thunder Improv Company



Lady K and the Kings of Swing

>>Lady K & the Kings of Swing



Interested in attending a performance? Visit www.SanRamonPerformingArts.com for information on upcoming events.

Tickets for performances can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 973-3343

Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center - 10550 Albion Road

Front Row Theater - 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road

San Ramon Arts Foundation

San Ramon Arts Foundation

To learn more about the San Ramon Arts Foundation visit www.SanRamonArts.org

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For more information regarding performing arts programs, please contact
Erika Burg at Eburg@sanramon.ca.gov or (925) 973-3205