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Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker, an Austin Tradition for Over 50 Years

Each year over 42,000 people across Central Texas attend performances by Ballet Austin, the twelfth largest ballet company in the country. Ballet Austin is known for their efforts to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts and arts education programs and Austin Community Foundation has helped them do just that since 1995.

The most lasting and impactful of Ballet Austin’s many productions is their annual presentation of The Nutcracker which is also the longest running production of the popular ballet in the state of Texas. While intended to last only 10 years, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker’s imaginative and intricate costumes and sets spent 17 years delighting some of the 2 million patrons who have experienced The Nutcracker during its 50-year run and needed to be replaced.

Through a grant from the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation, one of the Foundation’s many funds, new costumes and sets were purchased and debuted in 2013 ensuring that The Nutcracker continues to be a treasured holiday tradition for Central Texans for many more years to come.

The Nutcracker is enjoyed by 26,000 Central Texans attending public performances annually and over 13,000 Central Texas elementary students attend The Nutcracker School Shows. Educators attending the 2013 performances truly appreciated the new production, “I was delighted when the curtains opened to reveal the much anticipated new sets and new costumes. They are beautiful! I believe the moving sets engaged my 8 and 9 year old students more than ever.”

Ballet Austin is just one of the many performing and visual arts institutions in Austin that the Foundation nurtures through donors’ funds and through our every own community endowment.