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!


Audition Boot Camp - Summer Ballet Workshop!

All Advanced and Intermediate dancers, ages 13 and older, are invited.

New time for Week One is 6:00 - 8:00pm!

CLICK HERE for the registration form and details. 

Early registration deadline:  June 30

(Registration fee of $20 applies after July 1)


2018 Nutcracker - Open Auditions

From the menu bar, go to The Nutcracker, then Auditions, and you will find a "CLICK HERE to register online" link towards the top of the page. There is also important information to download from the audition flier. 


2018 Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the following dancers who received a GCB scholarship for summer workshops:

Sophia Cowmey

Audrey Kurz

Sylvie Nelson

Grace Nolan

Lydia West


Veteran Nutcracker Choreographer to be New Artistic Director

Following a competitive hiring process, the GCB Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jordan Dehline Burt as the new Artistic Director. Dehline Burt has choreographed for six GCB Nutcracker seasons, and grew up dancing every year in her hometown's production of The Nutcracker. She will take over from Michele Antonioli, who is well known for her commitment to nurturing young dancers and collaborating with the entire local dance community.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as Artistic Director for the Garden City Ballet production of The Nutcracker these past four years. I am excited, however, that Jordan will have the opportunity to share her vision and talent — we are all ready for an infusion of new ideas and inspiration, and look forward to future productions under her expert guidance.”  — Michele Antonioli

Dehline Burt works in the Missoula County Public Schools as a Dance Teaching Artist for SPARK!, which has allowed her to build relationships with students all over Missoula. She is also on faculty at Ballet Arts Academy (BAA), is Co-Artistic Director of BAA's Studio Company, and serves as the studio's Office Manager.


"As the new Artistic Director, I am excited to grow and continue the legacy of this extraordinary nonprofit organization. I am thrilled to work with the outstanding staff, board members, families, and students on the newest installment of The Nutcracker and am looking forward to fostering this community tradition."  — Jordan Dehline Burt


The GCB Board of Directors invited a representative from every local dance studio to serve as a peer reviewer for this hiring process, and would like to thank the following individuals who volunteered: 

  • Heather Adams (Downtown Dance Collective)
  • Nicole Bradley Browning (UM School of Theatre & Dance)
  • Lisa Deer (On Center Performing Arts)
  • Lindsey Schwickert (Ballet Arts Academy)



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!


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 Insurance 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

The Size Family

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

Angela Harrington

Emma Harrison

The Headley-Furrow Family

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 production photos from 2016 and 2017. 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. Past production years will be added as well, dating back to 2011.