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!


2017 Auditions

Thank you to the 97 dancers who auditioned over the weekend for The Nutcracker! The final cast will be posted later in the week. We appreciate all of the hard work being done by the Casting Committee, as well as Charlene White of Helena who served as our independent adjudicator. 


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. 


2017 GCB Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to the (8) dancers who were awarded a total of $3000 to attend the following summer intensives:

Classic Dance Academy (Colorado)
Feat by Feet Intensive (Montana)
The Portland Ballet (Oregon)
Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive (New York)
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (Pennsylvania)
Vail Valley Summer Dance (Colorado) - (2 students)
Washington Ballet Summer Intensive (Washington, D.C.)


Raising Funds for the School Show

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


Thank You 2016 Donors!


Choreographer’s Council  ($3000 - $4999)
Top Hat Lounge

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

Rococo Formal & Bridal Wear (tuxedos*)
Max & Betty Swanson Foundation

Soloist  ($500 - $999)
Advanced Technology Group
Alpine Physical Therapy

Alter Enterprise, LLC
Caffe Dolce
Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies
Dennehy Orthodontics
Drum Coffee
First Interstate Bank
First Security Bank
Julie Gardner, ERA Lambros Real Estate
Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
Good Food Store
Mismo Gymnastics
Missoula Bone & Joint
On Center Performing Arts
Lee Pielaet & Lori Stevens
Red Phone Solutions
Republic Services, Inc.

Matt Rosbarsky, Clark Fork Realty
St. Patrick Hospital (trucks for moving sets*)
Sussex School

Vemco, Inc.
John West, Attorney at Law
Western Montana Clinic

Corps de Ballet  ($100 - $499)


Natalie & Christian Baker

Boyle, Deveny & Meyer

Garden City Funeral Home
Deborah & Tod Gass
Nancy & Ron Kurz
Les Schwab Tire Centers
Missoula Textile Services
Montana Trout Outfitters
Morgenroth Music
Olsen Orthodontics
The Priske Family
Dexter Reh

Tess Rosbarsky
Show Tyme Academy
Sleep City (truck*)
Donna & George Sherwood
Bonnie & Chris Smith
Twin Cranes Dental Group

Barre  (up to $99)

Madeline and Anna Kurz

Charlotte Nelson

Natalie Osborn

Norwest Bags
Pyramid Printing
Juston West

(*in kind donation)


Nutcracker Venue

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.)