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2020/21 School Shows

Each year more than 16,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students and teachers from all over Central Texas attend Ballet Austin’s School Shows. The mission of these student matinees is to provide a live ballet performance at a minimal cost for students. To enhance this experience, educators are also provided with age-appropriate curricula designed to accompany each performance.

Through our School Shows, Ballet Austin provides students with the opportunity to see a professional dance performance of the highest caliber. For the vast majority of students, this program serves as an introduction to culture and the arts in Austin, Texas.

We are excited to share a fantastic line up of School Show performances with you for the 2020/21 season. Click on the button in each section below for more details about each show. We look forward to seeing you and your students in our audience!

The Nutcracker School Shows
December 7-9, 2021 | The Long Center

Open only to elementary schools

Sponsored by H-E-B Tournament of Champions and endowed by Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham through the Ballet Austin Foundation

From the colorful characters you adore to the dazzling sets and costumes, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker School Shows is a favorite annual experience for elementary school students and teachers.

MUSIC: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


The Ugly Duckling School Shows
May 17-21, 2021 |  Virtual

Recommended for Pre-K and elementary schools

Sponsored by Applied Materials Foundation

The Ugly Duckling, performed by Ballet Austin II and choreographed by Jimmy Orrante, is a 48-minute retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale in the form of a ballet.

MUSIC: Various Artists


Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellowship Program School Shows
May 3 – June 3 | Virtual

Recommended for middle and high schools

Offered at no charge to schools in Spring 2021, thanks to the support of our generous sponsors. The performance includes both classical and contemporary ballets and has something for everyone.

PROGRAM: The Sleeping Beauty (excerpts), Truth & Beauty / The Bach Project, Menagerie
CHOREOGRAPHY: Marius Petipa, Stephen Mills, Joshua Manculich
MUSIC: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Pust, Endresen and Wesseltoft


THE UGLY DUCKLING School Shows Sponsor

THE NUTCRACKER School Shows Sponsor

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