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.**

Cost (one free chaperone per 10 students registered)
  • Title 1 or 76%-100% FRL Rate = $5
  • 26% - 75% FRL Rate = $8
  • 0% - 25% FRL Rate = $10
  • Home Schools, dance studios, private schools, other organizations = $15

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

2022/2023 Student Matinee Series



Recommended for 5th-12th grade
Thursday, October 6th, 10:00AM
Run Time: 2h 30min

Back by popular demand, this spooky and blood-curdling drama makes a dynamic return to the stage. Based on Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror story with choreography by Michael Pink, Dracula features creative sets and special effects along with an original score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  



Thursday, December 1st, 11:00AM
Run time: 1h 50min


Friday, December 2nd, 11:00AM
Run time: 1h 50min

The Nutcracker returns to spark delight and joy for the holiday season. For the second year, audiences will enjoy the pleasure of seeing Colorado Ballet’s new sets and costumes, created especially for Colorado Ballet. Once again, join Clara and her army of toy soldiers as they battle the Mouse King and journey to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.



Recommended for 5th-12th grade
Thursday, February 2nd, 10:00AM
Run time: 2h 20min

Based on the romantic novel by Alexandre Dumas fils, Lady of the Camellias tells the story of love, loss, and betrayal made famous by other adaptations including Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata and the film Moulin Rouge. Caniparoli’s ballet follows Marguerite and Armand, a beautiful courtesan and a young gentleman who fall passionately in love, much to the dismay of his family and her jealous protector, the Baron de Varville. Experience the beauty and heartbreak of Lady of the Camellias, featuring music by Frédéric Chopin, scenic design by David Gano, and costume design by Robert De La Rose.



Thursday, March 9th, 10:30AM
Run time: 2h 20min

A classic fairytale, Cinderella returns to Colorado Ballet for the first time since 2014. Families, children and those young at heart alike will enjoy this enchanting tale. The story of Cinderella will come to life through this dreamy ballet production featuring choreography by Ben Stevenson, Prokofiev’s famous music, and stunning classical ballet costumes.

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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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