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Night of Community is underwritten by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund of the Austin Community Foundation, and sponsored by the Reaud Charitable Foundation and CapMetro. Night of Community is endowed in part by Sarah & Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation.

Ballet Austin’s Night of Community, created in 1997, is a program designed to welcome clients of Central Texas non-profit social service organizations, by sharing the final dress rehearsal for each of our five annual productions at The Long Center with our community. Over the years, it has been our honor and an important part of our mission, to offer over 150,000 performance tickets to those who might otherwise not have had the financial resources to attend.

Through the support of our underwriters and sponsors, Ballet Austin hopes to build positive, magical, and lasting memories for your clients, as part of our commitment to share the joy of live ballet performances with our community at no charge.

Ballet Austin’s Night of Community Schedule for the 2022/23 Season will include:

  • The Taming of the Shrew – Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm
  • The 60th Anniversary of The Nutcracker – Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm
  • Sarah’s Song – Thursday, February 9 at 7:30pm
  • Cinderella – Thursday, May 11 at 7:30pm

Night of Community FAQs

Who Attends Ballet Austin’s Night of Community?

Since 1997, Ballet Austin has invited over 150,000 clients of area non-profit social service organizations to Night of Community, the final dress rehearsal for each production.

The goal of this program is to offer financially-challenged individuals, individuals with disabilities, or otherwise under-resourced community members an opportunity to attend a live ballet performance for free.

While this is not a list of current partners, below is a partial list of the organizations we have served throughout the 25+ years with these complimentary experiences at the theater.

  • Abundant Life Network
  • AIDS Services of Austin
  • AISD Communities in Schools
  • American Youthworks
  • Any Baby Can
  • ARC of the Capital Area
  • Austin Bar Association’s Austin Adoption Day
  • Austin Eastside Story Foundation
  • Austin Partners in Education
  • Austin Resource Center for Independent Living (ARCIL)
  • Austin Shelter for Women & Children
  • Austin State Hospital
  • Austin Sunshine Camps
  • Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC)
  • Autism Society of Greater Austin
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
  • Bill Pickett Educational Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Breakthrough Central Texas
  • Capital Area Food Bank (now known as Central Texas Food Bank)
  • Capital IDEA
  • Caritas of Austin
  • Casa Marianella
  • Community Advocates for Teens
  • Community Partnership for the Homeless
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Down Syndrome Association
  • Dreams Come True
  • El Buen Samaritano
  • Foundation Communities
  • Foundation for the Homeless
  • Frontsteps
  • GENaustin
  • Girlstart
  • Gonzales Youth Center
  • Goodwill GoodGuides
  • Helping Hand Home for Children
  • Kelly Davidson Pediatric Cancer Foundation
  • Imagine Art
  • Latinitas
  • Leadership Enrichment Arts Program (LEAP)
  • Make A Wish
  • Marbridge Foundation
  • Mary Lee Foundation
  • Marywood Children and Family Services
  • Multicultural Refugee Coalition
  • Meals on Wheels
  • People’s Community Clinic
  • Pro Arts
  • Project Transition
  • Proyecto Teatro
  • Rivercity Youth Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Safe Alliance (formerly known as SafePlace and Austin Children’s Shelter)
  • St. Edwards University College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
  • Samaritan Health Ministries
  • Salvation Army
  • The Settlement Home
  • Southwest Key
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Wonders and Worries

How Can My Organization Apply for Tickets to Night of Community?

If your organization is a social-service 501(c)(3) non-profit serving those who are financially-challenged, individuals with disabilities, or otherwise under-resourced community members in the Central Texas area, your group may be eligible for complimentary tickets.

If your non-profit serves clients who would benefit from attending Night of Community please complete the short application form to register your organization to receive invitations to upcoming Night of Community dress rehearsals.

Complete form here or email Vicki Parsons for more information.

Can I volunteer to help with Night of Community?

We are currently recruiting volunteers for Night of Community! Fill out the Community Volunteer Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Impact on Surrounding Communities

“Most of the families staying in our homeless shelter are struggling to get their basic needs met. For some of our clients, these community nights were their first exposure to professional dance productions. Thank you for thinking of our residents and making the arts accessible to all members of our community.”

Dawn Bayardo, Child and Family Therapist
The Salvation Army

“Night of Community gives our clients a chance to have an experience that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to have. I saw a group of our kids that were so excited over what they were experiencing as if it was the best night of their life.”

Terri Ruffino
The Dream Come True Foundation


“All my clients who attend report enjoying the ballet. Getting a distraction from a difficult life of stress, illness, and poverty is a great relief. Most of the [clients] I have invited have never been to the ballet before and now ask about when the next one will be.”

Ada Martinez, LCSW
Seton Community Health

Night of Community Sponsors



Education Underwriter


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