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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 field trip, 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 in part by Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham through the Ballet Austin Foundation.

In-Person at the Long Center ($6 – $10 per student)

  • Wed Dec 11 from 10-11am, Act I
  • Wed Dec 11 from 12-1pm, Act II
  • Thurs Dec 12 from 10-11am, Act I
  • Thurs Dec 12 from 12-1pm, Act II

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:

  • School Show: Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Pre-Show Docent Presentations: Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning, ELAR, Social Studies, Math, Science, Physical Education

Registration opens September 2024.

Thank you to the schools who for joined us for our 2023/24 school shows.

Please check back here in the summer for more 2024/25 school show offerings.


If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact Associate Director of Education, Kathleen Rockefeller, by email.

School Shows Sponsors

The Nutcracker School Shows Sponsors

The Nutcracker School Shows are endowed in part by the generosity of Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham through the Ballet Austin Foundation.

Peter & The Wolf School Shows Sponsors

Education Sponsors

Education Underwriter
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