Student Matinee

The day before a production’s premiere, our doors are open for students to see the final dress rehearsal in the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House. For a heavily discounted price, student groups are invited to experience ballet first hand, complete with full costumes, make-up, sets, lighting and sound. Then the curtain opens and the magic begins!


To request a spot for any of the productions, your school must fill out the reservation request form after clicking the register button for the matinee below (emails will not be considered). 

Please look at the instructions page on how to register your school here before completing the registration form.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Cassie Wilson at

10 is the minimum amount of seats that may be requested for all student matinee performances (5 students MINIMUM). Requests that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

**Please note: this is a reservation REQUEST form. Completing this request does not guarantee your school seats at your selected matinee. Once reviewed, submissions will receive
either an acceptance email with info on how to pay for seats
or a waitlist notification.**


Thursday, October 3rd, 10:00AM - 12:40PM
Run time: 2h 40min

Step into a dreamland where classical sensibility meets storybook magic as Colorado Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty. A fairy tale romance that culminates in the power of true love’s kiss, this iconic masterpiece dazzles with breathtaking variations, sumptuous sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.


Thursday, December 5th, 11:00AM - 12:50PM
Run time: 1h 50min

Friday, December 6th, 11:00AM - 12:50PM - NO COST (MUST BE TITLE 1 SCHOOL OR PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH 90%+ FRL%)
Run time: 1h 50min

The Nutcracker returns to Denver and is a timeless holiday classic that tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll as a gift on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes midnight, Clara embarks on a fantastical journey through the Land of Sweets, encountering enchanting characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Filled with beautiful music, intricate choreography, and dazzling costumes, The Nutcracker is a delightful spectacle that captures the imagination of audiences of all ages.


Thursday, March 6th, 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Run time: 2h 00min

Follow Colorado Ballet down the rabbit hole for Septime Webre’s acclaimed ballet, ALICE (in wonderland). Infused with humor, whimsy, and athleticism, ALICE (in wonderland) promises an extraordinary journey that reimagines Lewis Carroll’s classic tale in a way that is as enchanting as it is exhilarating—complete with composer Matthew Pierce’s buoyant score, larger-than-life sets and costumes, and a host of magical characters.


George Balanchine's Serenade
Thursday, April 10th, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Run time: 33min, 30min notes and talk back
Recommended for performing arts or dance programs, additional programming included, limited availability. George Balanchine's Serenade is a stunning ballet choreographed by the legendary George Balanchine. Set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, it's a mesmerizing display of grace and elegance, featuring a large ensemble of dancers moving in perfect harmony to evoke a range of emotions.
Cost (one free chaperone per 10 students registered)
  • Title 1 or 91%-100% FRL Rate = $0 - NO COST
  • 76% - 90% FRL Rate = $5
  • 0% - 755% FRL Rate = $10
  • Home Schools, dance studios, private schools, other organizations = $20

Try Ballet! Movement Break - 8-10 minutes - Recorded Only - $30/class*
On-demand recorded movement video sent to you for your class to try out some of the movements seen in the student matinee performance.

Movement Storytime - 30-45 minutes - $75/class*
Taught by one of Colorado Ballet's Teaching Artists, students will bring the story of the ballet to life with movement!

Get Some Answers and Become Dancers - 45-60 minutes - $100/class*
Students will learn the history behind ballet, typical theater etiquette (and how it applies watching from home), and get to try some ballet moves themselves.

Q&A with a Dancer - Pending Availability - 45-60 minutes - $150/class*
Students will get to ask questions and get answers from one of Colorado Ballet's professional dancers and learn a few ballet basics from the dancers themselves!

*Scholarships available

If interested in booking any of these opportunities, please indicate on your registration form and/or contact Cassie Wilson at

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I had so much fun and it was even better than I had expected. The dancing was incredible and the music was equally amazing. I wanted to learn more than I knew and I did. I’m hoping to see more ballets in the future.

– Middle School Student

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