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 — we invite all dancers, regardless of studio affiliation, to audition for what has become a treasured community event!


2020 Season Announcement

Due to Covid-19, there will be no live public performances (and no school show) offered in December. However, GCB is committed to its dedicated dancers and has a conservative plan to audition, cast, and rehearse (more or less) as usual. Instead of performing for a seated audience, we will professionally record each variation one by one in the theater, with full costume. Individual recordings of each dance will then be edited into one performance video (available for purchase). This year, GCB will not feature professional guest artists in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Although this will not be the Nutcracker experience we know and love, our children will get to dance!


CLICK HERE for full Announcement to Families


NOTE:  Pre-registration is required for auditions. See The Nutcracker/Auditions.


Summer Ballet Workshops!

Nutcracker Audition Boot Camp -

Intermediate and Advanced

CLICK HERE to register.


Nutcracker Audition Boot Camp -


CLICK HERE to register.


2020 Scholarship Program

CLICK HERE for details. 

Amazon Smile

If you shop online, please consider purchasing through Amazon Smile and designating GCB as your charity of choice to receive a percentage of sales. Every penny counts!


Thank You Missoula Gives Donors!

Garden City Ballet took part in this online crowdfunding event (April 30 - May 1, 2020) for nonprofits and raised over $5000! We gratefully acknowledge and thank:

Katie Albritton

Marie Barnett

Rebecca Belsom

Jenna Blakely

Jessica Cardiff

Exie Clark

The Cavanaugh Family

Greg Dillon

Liz Dybdal

Susan Elliott

Elizabeth and Matt Erickson

Paul Filicetti

Elena Furrow

Julie Gardner

Deborah Gass

Talla Gass

Leslie Goodavish

The Goodwin Family

Karen and Larry Gookin

Colleen Hagler

The Hahn Family

Kerry Haney

Kasey Harbine

Angela Harrington

John, Melissa, and Maisie Hart

Crystal Herzog

Angie Kremkau

Brooke Krininger

Caroline and Mike Kurz

The Lambros Family

The Lightners

Raine Lightner

Andy Mefford

Loretta Metra

Libby and Cora Miller

Charlotte Nelson

Stephanie Neumayer Tooke

Dave Noble

The Nord Family

Kerry O'Keefe

Paulette Oderio

Kathleen Ort

Jolyn Ortega

Loreen Pettit

Brenda Phillips

Lee Pielaet

Erin Reed

Mary Romano (Grandma Terry)

Colleen and Matt Rosbarsky

Sonja and Jay Skovlin

Sasha Smith

Mary Lou and Tom Stergios

Lori Stevens

Clinton Summers

Carol Thakur

Russell Thomas

Dana Watts

Barbra West

Danelle Whalen

Maria Whisenhunt

Kate and George Ybarra


And, thanks to our Anonymous donors, too!


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.)