Student Matinees

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.

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

**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 a link 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

2019/2020 Student Matinee Dates:


event Thursday, October 3, 2019
access_time 10:30AM

Follow Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they search for a noble adventure, which leads to a band of gypsies, dreams of Dryads and a surprising turn of events. Don Quixote remains one of today’s most frequently performed romantic works with classical choreography by Marius Petipa, along with stunning Spanish sets and costumes.



eventThursday, December 5, 2019
access_time 11:00AM

Audiences simply can’t get enough of Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Returning for its 59th season, this beloved holiday favorite sells out every year. Experience this whimsical trip to the sugar plum kingdom where magical dances come alive.



eventThursday, January 30, 2020
access_time 10:30AM

Peter Pan will take audiences on a high-flying adventure to Neverland where Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael experience pirates, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, an infamous crocodile and a bit of pixie dust as this brilliant story unfolds. Choreography by Michael Pink with music by Philip Feeney.



eventThursday, March 5, 2020
access_time 11:00AM

Tour de Force opens with Feast of the Gods by choreographer Edwaard Liang, who won the Prince Prize for Choreography and was nominated for the Golden Mast Award in Russia for Best Production, and closes with Celts, by choreographer Lila York. “…an astonishing array of dance images of Ireland, a piece that is both profound and thrilling.” - The Boston Globe


“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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