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The Ugly Duckling School Shows

The Ugly Duckling  School Shows – Virtual

Recommended for Pre-K and Elementary Schools

About the Program

The Ugly Duckling is a 48-minute retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in the form of a ballet. This virtual performance was filmed in high definition from multiple angles, and has been professionally edited.  Free supplementary lessons (see details below) are included with your registration for this student matinee.

FEATURING: Ballet Austin II
MUSIC: Various Artists

Supplemental Materials


A short recorded play featuring the characters from the ballet, based on our social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula about inclusion and exclusion. This post-show discussion prompt is best implemented immediately after, or within a day or two, of seeing the performance. A link to the recorded play will be available in conjunction with (on the same webpage as) the virtual performance.



Short, fun dance lessons designed and taught by our own faculty, and inspired by our ballet, The Ugly Duckling! Four lessons total – two each for Pre-K4 – Kindergarten and 1st – 5th Grade. These can be implemented pre-show or post-show. A playlist of the lessons is provided upon receipt of payment.


The Ugly Duckling pre- and post-show curricula support students’ social and emotional learning (SEL), focusing on the concepts of “inclusion” and “exclusion,” and were created for the in-person classroom setting. They are aligned with Kindergarten through 2nd grade TEKS in English Language Arts and Reading, Music, Theatre, and Physical Education, and can be implemented with modifications for each Pre-K and elementary grade level. These curricula are optional, and can be implemented independently or together to optimize your students’ experience with the ballet. Each requires one class period for implementation. Available only upon request after receipt of payment.

Upcoming Virtual School Shows


Dates & Times:

  • Monday, May 17, 8am-3pm
  • Tuesday, May 18, 8am-3pm
  • Wednesday, May 19, 8am-3pm
  • Thursday, May 20, 8am-3pm
  • Friday, May 21, 8am-3pm

Cost: For The Ugly Duckling School Shows – Virtual, Ballet Austin is able to offer tickets to schools at half the usual price.

  • $3 per student for Title I schools
  • $4 per student for all other schools

Important Information 

  • The Ugly Duckling runs 48 minutes long. 
  • A minimum of 10 students per school is required for registration. 
  • After you submit your registration and payment information, you will receive an order confirmation signaling that your reservation has been received and is being processed, and that you’ve paid in full.

NOTE: Staff on Austin ISD campuses participating in the special CLI Spring Season of Arts Experiences should access the Ballet Austin Ugly Duckling School Shows via the Ballet Austin module in the Spring Season BLEND course that was emailed to campus administration for distribution. Campuses in this Austin ISD Spring Season cohort are: Allison, Baldwin, Baranoff, Barton Hills, Bear Creek, Blazier, Bryker Woods, Cowan, Gullett, Houston, Joslin, Kocurek, Langford, McBee, Mills, Oak Hill, Padrón, Patton, Pecan Springs, Pleasant Hill, Ridgetop, Rodriguez, St. Elmo, Travis Heights, Wooldridge, Uphaus, Zavala, and Zilker.


2021 Registration & Payment Deadlines: 

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

  • Thursday, May 6, 5pm: Early registration closes. Any registration changes are due.
  • Friday, May 7, 5pm: All payments due for campuses who have already registered.
  • Thursday, May 6, 5pm through Wednesday May 12 at 5pm: Late registrations accepted. Payment in full is due immediately via credit card for all late registrations.
  • Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21: Virtual performances take place between 8am and 3pm.

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

  • The date you prefer to attend the virtual school shows  
  • Title I status for your campus 
  • Total # of students attending 
  • School name and district 
  • Contact information for video delivery recipient (a teacher) 
  • Contact information for invoice recipient (a bookkeeper or other person paying the invoice) 
  • 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  
  • School contact information including billing address 
  • Your campus credit card to complete your registration order

New Registration Process: 

This year’s registration process will look different, 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 make your registration. Purchase orders will not be accepted as payment. 
  • When registering, you will be required by the ticketing system to create an account. If you already have an account, please log in with your username and password. Guest checkout is not available for The Ugly Duckling School Shows – Virtual. 
  • 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 registration has been received. After making your payment in full during registration, you will receive an emailed receipt which will confirm that you have paid in full and are registered for The Ugly Duckling School Shows – Virtual.
  • Any changes to your initial submission should be emailed directly to Community Education Assistant Tori Johnson. 

Payment Information:

  • A credit card will be required for purchase.
  • No purchase orders are accepted.
  • There are no refunds for The Ugly Duckling School Show – Virtual performances.


Registration is now closed. Please contact Tori Johnson at with questions. Thank you!


If you have any questions that are not answered on this page or are interested in alternate dates The Ugly Duckling School Shows – Virtual, please contact Community Education Assistant Tori Johnson by email, or call our School Shows Hotline at 512.766.5073. 

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