Preserving Missoula's Nutcracker for our Children and Community

Garden City Ballet (GCB) is the home of our 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!


1984 The Nutcracker, Party Scene


Summer Ballet Workshop!

Audition Boot Camp

CLICK HERE for registration form.


2020 Scholarship Program

CLICK HERE for details. 


The Nutcracker

Mark Your Calendars!

December 18, 19, 20 (2020)


Thank You to our 2019 Donors!

GCB has a proud tradition of sponsoring a performance for children (K - 8th grade) who might not otherwise have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of bringing 500 students in Missoula and surrounding rural areas to see the 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.)


The 2019 school show was proudly sponsored by a Garden City Ballet family, and:



We Are Grateful to Our In-Kind Partners and Friends:

Ballet Arts Academy

Bitterroot Flower Shop

Black Cat Bake Shop 

Black Coffee Roasting Company

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

Mike's Print & Copy

One Eleven Boutique

Lee Pielaet & Lori Stevens

Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Rococo Bridal and Formal

The Runners Edge



We Extend a Heartfelt Thanks to Our Donors:

Isabella Adams

Advanced Imaging

Katie & Michael Albritton


Alpine Physical Therapy

American Eyecare

Behring Made

Bellamah Vein Center

Bitterroot Performing Arts Council

Blackfoot Communications

Bob's Sew Vac Center

Boyce Lumber

Boylan's Truck and Trailer

Boyle, Deveny & Meyer PC

Becky Broeder

Caras Property Management

Jessica Cardiff

Children's Dentistry of the Rockies

Clearwater Credit Union

Cracker Barrel

Dennehy Orthodontics

Draught Works

Drum Coffee

John Duffield and Kathleen Ort

Liz Dybdal

Envision Eyecare

Felton Dental Care

First Security Bank

First Interstate Bank

Dr. Jill K. Frazier

Bill & Rosemary Gallagher Foundation

Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory

Julie Gardner Properties

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson

Hilary Garrett

Deborah & Tod Gass

The Gibbons Family

Josh Gimpelson & Megan Morris

Amy Glaspey & Brett Leischner

Good Food Store

Granite Peak Orthodontics

Asha Gregoire 

Kerry & Dan Haney

International Heart Institute

Internet Connect

The Special K's

Kenworthy Orthodontics

Bob King State Farm Insurance Agency

Knife River

Angie Kremkau

Nancy and Ron Kurz

Lake Missoula Tea Company

Les Schwab Tire Centers

The Miller Family

Mismo Gymnastics / On Center Performing Arts

Missoula Bone and Joint

Missoula Electric Cooperative

Montana Trout Outfitters

Morgenroth Music

Charlotte Nelson

Network for Good

The Newbold Family


Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates

NorthWestern Energy

Olsen & Peters Dental Group

Park Side Credit Union

Payne West Insurance

Loreen Pettit

Poteet Construction

Pure Barre

Reep, Bell, Laird & Jasper, P.C.

Republic Services

Mara Roccaforte

Rocky Mountain Surgical Solutions

Matt Rosbarsky - Clark Fork Realty

Tess Rosbarsky

Russ's Body & Paint, Inc.

SG Long Financial

Show Tyme Academy

Southgate Mall

Rhea Smith

St Patrick Community Ministry Board

Stockman Bank

Studio M

Carl Thornblade MD, Allergist

Ava Tooke

TrailWest Bank

Twin Cranes Dental Group

The Union Club Bar & Grill

Uptown Optical


The West Family

Juston West

Western Montana Clinic

The Women's Club Health and Fitness Center

Worden Thane P.C.

Wordens Market & Deli / Exie and Tim France


Three Cheers for our Community Giving Partners:

GCB is lucky to participate in and benefit from the following programs that donate a % of proceeds back to our nonprofit — thank you to all of these amazing local businesses!

Caffe Dolce

Conflux Brewing Company - Pint Night

The Dram Shop Central - Community Hand Up

KettleHouse Northside Community UNite

Montgomery Distillery - Moscow Monday

Panda Express

Tamarack Brewing Company - November Community Partner


Missoula Gives

Garden City Ballet took part in this online crowdfunding event (May 2-3, 2019) and raised $7635! We received donations online from 30 individuals (scroll down for listing), and collected over $100 from folks strolling the avenue on First Friday. We attribute an anonymous donor match for our tremendous success. Once we hit our organization's goal of $3500, we received a matching donation of $3500! There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel.


Mother Ginger and two Gingersnaps entertained First Friday crowds in front of One Eleven Boutique on Higgins Ave. Thank you to One Eleven Owner, Paige Livingston, for hosting our table! And, thank you to each of our donors for continuing to support The Nutcracker. We'll be reinvesting these funds to rebuild the hoop skirt and create a new costume for Mother Ginger, as well as redesigning costumes for the wee Snaps!




A Round of Applause for Missoula Gives Donors!

Rebecca Belsom

Peyton Size

Julie Gardner

Angela Harrington

Deborah Gass

Shannon Farnes

Susan Tucker

Jessica Sebold-Kagol

Melissa and John Hart

Jes Mullette

Dady Family

Kate and George Ybarra

Kathleen Ort

Elizabeth and Chris Johns

Talla Gass

Drum Coffee

Lori Stevens

Thea Goodwin

Stergios Family

Bonnie and Chris Smith

Julie Fogarty

Karen Gookin

Kerry Haney

Elena Furrow and Robert Headley

Katie Albritton

Loreen Pettit

Caroline Kurz

And, thanks to our Anonymous donors, too!


Nutcracker Photo Gallery

GCB has posted years of photos online. The gallery is password-protected (dream). Digital, high-resolution downloads are available for purchase ($2 each). Click on the square, black "button" to the left (Enter Photo Gallery) and enjoy the many memories!