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2022/23 School Shows

Each year over 22,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students and teachers 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. For the vast majority of students, this program serves as an introduction to live performing arts in Central Texas. To enhance the experience, Ballet Austin also provides educators with age-appropriate curricula to accompany most performances.

The Nutcracker School Shows
Choreography by Stephen Mills | Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Open only to Kindergarten through Grade 5

Sponsored by H-E-B and the Powell Foundation. Endowed by Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham through the Ballet Austin Foundation.

Dates & Times:

  • In-Person at the Long Center ($5 – $9 per student)
    • Dec 7 @ 10am (Act I)
    • Dec 7 @ 12pm (Act II)
    • Dec 8 @ 10am (Act I)
    • Dec 8 @ 12pm (Act II)
  • Livestream Rebroadcast ($3 – $5 per student)
    • Dec 12-16 (Act I)

Length of Show: 1 hour

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.

Curricular Connections (performance): Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning
Curricular Connections (Docent presentation): Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning, ELAR, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical Education

Registration opens September 7, 2022


Maria and the Mouse Deer School Shows– A World Premiere!
Choreography by Alexa Capareda | Philippine Folk Music

Recommended for Elementary and Middle Schools

Sponsored by the Moody Foundation & the National Endowment for the Arts

Viewing Options:

  • In-Person at Ballet Austin ($6 – $10 per student)
  • Livestream Rebroadcast ($3 – $5 per student)

Dates & Times: TBD
Length of Show: 40 minutes

Ballet Austin II performs Alexa Capareda’s adaptation of the Philippine legend of Maria Makiling, a fairy of the mountain who looks after her forest creature friends and nearby townspeople. The short story ballet introduces some unique animals of the Southeast Asian geographic region, provides a glimpse into Filipino culture and music, and drives home the dire need to actively care for the earth and its creatures. The ballet instills the values of kindness and ingenuity.

Curricular Connections: Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning, ELAR, Science, Social Studies

Registration opens September 2022


Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellowship Program Spring Performance Dress Rehearsal Viewing

Recommended for middle and high school dance students

Viewing Option: Livestream Performance ($3 – $5 per student)
Date & Time: March 3, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.
Length of Show: 2 hours

See Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellows in the final dress rehearsal for their Spring Performance, and during intermission have your questions answered by our Artistic Staff!

Curricular Connections: Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

Registration opens September 2022


The Nutcracker School Shows Sponsor

Maria and the Mouse Deer Underwriter

Maria and the Mouse Deer Sponsor

Education Underwriter

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