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

Each year more than 13,000 Central Texas elementary school students and teachers attend Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker School Shows. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in consideration of the health and safety of students and teachers, Ballet Austin will present the show in a virtual, on-demand format again this year. The mission of these student matinees remains the same – to provide one act of a professional ballet performance at a minimal cost for local elementary-aged students. While we wish we could be together live in the theater with you this year, we are excited to be able to offer a stunning recording of this performance with a view from the front row for you and your students to enjoy!

To enhance your students’ experience, we will also offer The Nutcracker docent program virtually. This is an optional pre-performance educational program geared towards 3rd graders that includes engaging activities for the classroom or home setting. Please click here to find out more about the virtual docent program.

Important Information

  • The Nutcracker School Shows Virtual Performance features Act I of the ballet, and will take place December 6-10, 2021 with a viewing window between 7:30am and 3:30pm CST each day.
  • This virtual performance runs 48 minutes long.
  • Versions with and without audio description are available to all registered schools.
  • Registration is limited to elementary schools (Kindergarten through 5th grade) and their teachers.
  • A minimum of 10 students per elementary school is required for registration.
  • All reservations must be confirmed by Ballet Austin. After you submit your registration information you will receive an order confirmation and an invoice signaling that your reservation is confirmed.

Viewing Dates & Times

The virtual performance of The Nutcracker Act I runs 46 minutes long.

  • Monday, December 6th: viewing window 7:30am-3:30pm CST
  • Tuesday, December 7th: viewing window 7:30am-3:30pm CST
  • Wednesday, December 8th: viewing window 7:30am-3:30pm CST
  • Thursday, December 9th: viewing window 7:30am-3:30pm CST
  • Friday, December 10th: viewing window 7:30am-3:30pm CST

2021 Ticket Prices

For The Nutcracker School Shows Virtual Performance in 2021, Ballet Austin is able to offer tickets to elementary schools at a greatly reduced price.

Kindergarten through 5th grade students only. Minimum group size is 10 students.

  • Elementary Students: $2.50 per ticket
  • Title I Elementary Schools: Complimentary/no charge, thanks to generous support from H-E-B
  • Austin ISD Elementary Schools: Complimentary/no charge, thanks to generous support from the Powell Foundation

Important Dates

2021 Registration Schedule:

Please put the following dates in your calendars now to make sure you meet all registration and payment deadlines.

  • Wednesday, October 6: Early registration opens for all campuses.
  • Friday, November 12:  All payments due for campuses who have already registered. Early registration closes. Any registration changes are due.
  • Friday, November 12 through Wednesday, December 8: Late registrations accepted. Payment in full is due immediately for all late registrations.
  • Wednesday, December 8: Registration closes at 5pm.

2021 Dates for Receiving Supplemental Materials and Show Link:

  • Monday, November 1: All schools that have paid in full receive the link to The Nutcracker Docent Presentation videos and recorded dance lessons. All other schools receive these materials upon completion of payment.
  • Wednesday, December 1: All schools that have paid in full receive the link to The Nutcracker School Show Virtual Performance. All other schools receive the link upon completion of payment.

You will need the following information ready to provide when you register:

  • The date you prefer to attend the virtual school shows (December 6-10)
  • Title I status for your campus
  • Total # of students attending
  • School name and district
  • Total # of classrooms attending
  • The grade level(s) of students attending the show
  • Total # of teachers and aides attending
  • Total # of students with special needs attending
  • Whether or not any students will require audio description to accommodate visual impairments
  • Whether or not your campus would like to request a virtual Q&A with a Docent as a part of your access to our virtual Docent Presentation
  • School contact information including billing address
  • Your campus credit card to hold your registration order. NOTE: The card will be held on file to reserve your registration but will not be charged. You can pay your invoice at a later date by EFT, check, cash, or credit card.

Online Registration Process:

This year’s registration process will be the same as in 2020, as we will be using our ticketing system to process all requests.

  • During registration there will be general instructions that apply to anyone buying tickets. Any green text is specific to teachers.
  • A credit card is required to hold your registration but will not be charged if you select to pay by a payment plan. Payment plans may be paid by check, electronic fund transfer, or credit card before the payment deadline on November 12th. Purchase orders will not be accepted as payment.
  • When registering, you will create an account so we can tie your registration to your campus. Guest checkout is not available for The Nutcracker School Shows.
  • Upon registration, you will receive an order confirmation that will list the number of tickets reserved and the total amount due. This indicates that your order has been received.
  • You will receive a separate email within 5 business days that has your invoice included with the payment deadline listed. This is your confirmation that you are registered for The Nutcracker School Shows Virtual. 
  • Any changes to your initial submission are due by November 12th and should be e-mailed directly to our Education Team.
  • If you register on or after November 12th (late registration) payment will be due immediately upon registration.

Payment Options

  • Ballet Austin accepts EFT payments from several school districts, including AISD and Hutto ISD. If your district prefers payment by EFT and does not have that set up with us yet, please contact us to do so.
  • Credit cards and checks are accepted.
  • No purchase orders are accepted as payment.

Please note:

  • Before November 12: You will need to enter a credit card number for your campus to register.  The card will be held on file to reserve your registration but will not be charged. You can pay your invoice at a later date by one of the methods listed above.
  • On or after November 12: You will need a credit card for your campus to register, and the credit card will be charged immediately.
  • There are no refunds for The Nutcracker School Shows Virtual performances.

2021 Registrations have closed. Please check back here for info about future school shows.


If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact Community Education Assistant, Sam Rosas-Mantilla, by email.

The Nutcracker School Shows Virtual Docent Program

Each year Ballet Austin offers The Nutcracker docent program free to campuses that register for The Nutcracker School Shows to engage students in educational content and  help contextualize their experience. This year’s presentation will be delivered virtually and includes fun elements such as video excerpts and simple dance activities.

The Nutcracker School Shows Sponsor

Community Education Underwriter

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