Celebrating Over 30 Years ...

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!


Job Vacancy - 2018 Artistic Director

Following the resignation of Michele Antonioli, GCB is announcing an opening for the position of Artistic Director. This is a one year independent contract position, and will require a valid Independent Contractor's license from the state of Montana.


We warmly invite dance professionals to consider joining our Artistic Team.

CLICK HERE for a detailed job description.

CLICK HERE for an explanation of the hiring process.

CLICK HERE to see the peer review scoring sheet. 

CLICK HERE for Michele's resignation letter to the community. 



Raising Funds for the School Show

GCB has a proud tradition of funding a school performance (K - 8th grade) for Missoula and surrounding area children who might not otherwise have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of this special Friday matinee show, we reach out to our community and raise funds each year. GCB is grateful to our donors who make holiday dreams come true! (For more information, please visit our Fundraising page.)


School Show

A big thanks to Missy Adams and Brandy Reinhardt for organizing the 2017 free matinee performance for out of town schools!

The school show audience included:

  • Superior (80 from 3rd, 4th, 5th)
  • Trout Creek (60)
  • Florence (119 from 2nd and 3rd)
  • Clinton (50)
  • Seeley Lake (120)
  • Corvallis (99)
  • Lolo - Home School (7)


Thank You 2017 Donors!


(as of 11/20/17)


Choreographer’s Council  ($3000 - $4999)
Logjam Presents

Dancer’s Club  ($2000 - $2999)
Ballet Arts Academy (rehearsal studios* )
Southgate Mall

Principal  ($1000 - $1999)
Advanced Imaging
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel / Finn & Porter (lodging*)
Habitat Floral Studio (flowers*)

Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, PLLC

NorthWestern Energy

Loreen L. and James S. Pettit

Poteet Construction

Rococo Formal & Bridal Wear (tuxedos*)

Max & Betty Swanson Foundation

Soloist  ($500 - $999)

Advanced Technology Group

Alpine Physical Therapy

Bellemah Vein Center

Caffe Dolce

Caras Property Management

Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies

Dennehy Orthodontics
Drum Coffee
First Security Bank
Julie Gardner Properties

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson

Good Food Store

Kenworthy Orthodontics

Knife River

Nancy and Ron Kurz

Mismo Gymnastics

Missoula Bone & Joint

On Center Performing Arts

PCI Electrical

Lee Pielaet & Lori Stevens

Red Phone Solutions

Republic Services, Inc.

Matt Rosbarsky, Clark Fork Realty

The Special K's

St. Patrick Hospital (trucks for moving sets*)

Sussex School

Sustainable Building Design - Lucas Dupuis

John West, Attorney at Law

Western Montana Clinic

Corps de Ballet  ($100 - $499)

Alter Enterprises, LLC

Best Western Plus (lodging*)

Boyle, Deveny & Meyer

Susan Curtis

First Interstate Bank

Garden City Funeral Home

Deborah & Tod Gass

Karen Gookin

Granite Peak Orthodontics

The Headley-Furrow Family

Bob King State Farm Agency

Les Schwab Tire Centers

Meng Dentistry

Missoula Dental Arts

Missoula Pediatric Dentistry

Montana Trout Outfitters

Morgenroth Music

The Priske Family

Rocky Mountain Surgical Solutions

Tess Rosbarsky

Kelly Sax Certified Public Accountant

Show Tyme Academy

Bonnie & Chris Smith

Twin Cranes Dental Group

Barre  (up to $99)

The Blahnik-Elliott Family
Jennifer L. Cavanaugh
The Dillon Family
Dream M. Fishell

The Gibbons Family

Kasey Harbine

Emma Harrison

Crystal Herzog

Jessica Murray

Charlotte Nelson

Olsen and Peters Dentistry

Cathy Richman

Rhea Smith

U-Haul (truck for moving sets*)

Stephanie Wallace

Juston West

(*in kind donation)


Nutcracker Photo Gallery

GCB has posted over 400 production photos from 2016, taken by professional photographer Neil Chaput de Saintonge. The gallery is password-protected. If you are part of the Nutcracker family (current or alumni), please contact (info@gardencityballet.org) for a link and password to the gallery. Digital, high-resolution downloads are available for purchase ($2.00 per photo). Past production years will be added as well, dating back to 2011.