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Night of Community for the 2023/24 Season is sponsored by the Reaud Charitable Foundation, the Seawell Elam Foundation, Texas Capital, 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 160,000 tickets. Ballet Austin offers financially-challenged individuals, individuals with disabilities, or otherwise under-resourced community members an opportunity to attend a live ballet performance for free.

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.

Ballet Austin’s Night of Community Schedule for the 2023/24 Season will include:

  • BELLE/A Tale of Beauty & The Beast – Thursday, September 27, 2024 at 7:30pm – Stephen Mills creates a provocative and sensual retelling of this fairytale romance. Heavily influenced by French filmmaker Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bête, the design and stylistic elements reflect the magic and mystery of that ground-breaking movie. 
  • The 62nd Annual Production of THE NUTCRACKER – Thursday December 5 at 7:30pm – From the twinkling lights, whirling snowflakes, and sparkling beauty of the exquisite sets and costumes comes the heart-warming story of young Clara and her nutcracker.
  • DESIRE/Three Exceptional Dances – Thursday, February 13 at 7:30pm – Excitement, elegance, and a trio of exceptional dances!
  • LOVES’S GENTLE SPRING/2 New Dances from Stephen Mills – Thursday, March 27 at 7:30pm – Following the success of POE / A Tale of Madness, Stephen Mills presents two World Premieres! We celebrate the arrival of the season of wildflowers and renewal as Stephen Mills shares a pair of new works.
  • ROMEO & JULIET – Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm – We close the season on Mother’s Day Weekend with the most enduring story of young love, Romeo & Juliet. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s unforgettable score, performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, this time-honored tale of “star-crossed lovers” leaves us believing in the sweet promise of first love.

If your organization serves clients who would benefit from attending Night of Community, please complete the short intake application form below to register your organization.

Organizations who qualify after completing the form will receive ticket request invitations to attend Ballet Austin Night of Community dress rehearsals at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Complete the short form to get started!

Night of Community FAQs

Who Attends Ballet Austin’s Night of Community?

>Since 1997, Ballet Austin has invited over 160,000 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.

Below are the organizations participating in Night of Community during our 2023/24 season:

American Youthworks
Assistance League of Austin
Austin Area Urban League
Austin ISD – SCORES Program (Social Communication Resources and Services) at Casey Elementary
Autism Society of Texas
Ballet Austin’s EduMoves Program
Ballet Austin’s Pink Pilates
Beautifully Loved
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
Bill Pickett Educational Foundation
Breakthrough Central Texas
Capital Area Parkinson’s Society
Central Texas Table of Grace
College Assistance Migrant Program – St. Edwards University
Dance Another World
Dell Children’s Comprehensive Care Clinic
Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas
Dress for Success Austin
Easterseals Lonestar Affiliate
Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Imagine Art
Integral Care
Jeremiah Program
Learning Bridge
Mary Lee Foundation
Project Transitions
Ratio Christi College Prep – Texas Hill Country Chapter
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
Saffron Trust Womens Foundation
Settlement Home for Children
Texas Baptist Children’s Home
The Abundant Life Network
The Dream Come True Foundation
The Salvation Army Austin Area Command
TX Parent to Parent
Veteran Tickets Foundation (VetTix)
Wonders & Worries
Premier High School of Austin
Friends of the Children Austin
Foster Village
Black Mamas ATX
Saint Louise House
Communities for Recovery
South Austin Senior Activity Center
Texas Advocacy Project
St. Edward’s University – International Student Services
Book Spring

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

2023/24 Night of Community Sponsors


Endowed in part by Sarah & Ernest Butler through the Ballet Austin Foundation.

Education Underwriter

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