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

2021/2022 Student Matinee Series


: 10:30am, October 7th, 2021
Run time: Act I 56 min, Intermission 20 min, Act II 50 min


The Nutcracker: 11:00am, December 3rd, 2021
Run time:  Act I 42 min, Intermission 20 min, Act II 43 min
ONLY for schools with Free and Reduced Lunch Rate of 90% or more


Romeo and Juliet: 10:00am, February 3rd, 2022
Run time: Act I 63 min, Intermission, Act II 30 min, Intermission 15 min, Act III 45 min


The Wizard of Oz: 11:00am, March 10th, 2022
Run time: Act I 60 min, Intermission 20 min, Act II 35 min

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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