Celebrating 30 years of The Nutcracker!

Garden City Ballet (GCB) is the home of Missoula's very own production of The Nutcracker. We proudly offer this holiday tradition and are lucky to work with outstanding performers and their families, as well as exceptional teachers, choreographers and guest artists from across the region and country. GCB does not operate its own dance studio. Instead we invite all dancers, regardless of studio affiliation, to audition for what has become a treasured community event! 


Are you a GCB Alumni?

CLICK HERE for a special Alumni Letter.


Where's the Beef?

Kopp Natural Grass Fed Beef (Turah, MT) has donated a 1/2 steer to Garden City Ballet! Two beef quarters are being auctioned to the two highest bidders. For more information, email:  info@gardencityballet.org. Bidding closes Monday, December 1, at 5:00pm.


As of October 30:

Top Bid #1:  $450

Top Bid #2:  $450


Family-Friendly Benefit Concert at Top Hat Lounge

November 8 (Saturday) from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. 

CLICK HERE for details!


Nutcracker ALERT!

Please don't confuse Missoula's very own 30th Anniversary Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (to be held in November). When purchasing tickets, be sure to clarify which Nutcracker you want to see.


GCB is excited to announce...

This year's professional guests will be Traci Finch (New Chamber Ballet, New York) and Jorge Andres Villarini (Harlem Theatre of Dance, New York). We look forward to meeting them in December!


We Love Our Donors!

GCB has a proud tradition of holding one low-cost matinee school performance for Missoula and outlying area children who might otherwise not have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of this performance, we reach out to our community and raise $10,000 each year. Our first donation of 2014 has come in from Big Sky Medical - thank you! We hope you will join them, and join us, in making holiday dreams come true. (For more information, go to our Fundraising page.)


2014 Donors

Choreographer's Council ($3000 - $4999)

Top Hat Lounge


Principal ($1000 - $1999)

First Interstate Bank


Soloist ($500 - $999)

Alpine Physical Therapy

Dennehy Orthodontics

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson

Good Food Store

Missoula Pediatric Dentistry

Peak Construction / PCI Electrical

Red Phone Solutions

Title Services

Western Montana Clinic


Corps De Ballet ($100 - $499)

Badlander Catering

Big Sky Medical

Capital Family Mortgage

Good Nutrition Ideas

Hellgate Canyon Storage

Insured Titles

Jeffries Court Reporting

Mismo Gymnastics

Montana Rail Link

Olsen Orthodontics

Priske Realty & Development, PC

Republic Services / Allied Waste

Twin Cranes Dental


In-Kind Donors

Ballet Arts Academy

DoubleTree by Hilton (Missoula - Edgewater)

Habitat Floral Studio

The Hit Man

Missoula Textile Services

Rococo Bridal and Tux

Sparr's Towing




Thank You!

Black Coffee Roasting Company and Reed's Caramels for supporting GCB dancers that depend on the Performance Fee Fundraiser!


Would You Like to Sponsor a Tutu?

CLICK HERE for details!



Tickets are on sale through Griz Tix. See Our Season - Nutcracker - Tickets for more information.


2014 Performances

Friday, December 12

10:00am School Show (closed to public)

7:30pm Evening


Saturday, December 13

2:00pm Matinee

7:30pm Evening


Sunday, December 14

2:00pm Matinee

6:00pm Evening



Montana Theater

University of Montana Campus

Missoula, Montana


(CLICK HERE for map. The Montana Theater is right near the Adams Center, where 6th Ave ends on campus.)





GCB auditioned over 125 performers yesterday and we thank you for coming! The GCB Board is also grateful to Charlene White of Helena for adjudicating the audition process, along with choreographers Heather Adams, Marie Barnett, Jordan Dehline, Colleen Rosbarsky and Lindsey Schwickert. And, hats off to Artistic Director, Michele Antonioli, for overseeing the entire day!


Fundraising Program to Assist Families with Performance Fee

CLICK HERE for instructions.

CLICK HERE for the sales form (keep this so you know who placed orders).

CLICK HERE for the accounting form (turn this in to GCB with payment).


Final Cast

The final cast is online (Our Season, The Nutcracker, Cast). All questions and concerns related to casting should be sent directly to Michele Antonioli: director@gardencityballet.org