Student Matinees - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Student Matinees

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Student Matinees

Throughout the season, school groups can attend matinees, and arrange for pre and post-performance workshops.

PNB is committed to honoring our performance schedule and will not cancel performances or refund purchases for any circumstance. In the event that your school district is unable to attend due to a district-mandated weather delay or cancellation, we will work with the group leader to accommodate your group in a future school matinee performance in the same season.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

PNB offers two student matinees of the full two-hour performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Join us for this classic ballet with sets and costumes by celebrated author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).

All Nutcracker matinees feature the PNB Orchestra.

When: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 12:00pm (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) and Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00am (SOLD OUT).
Tickets: $17 students/$27 chaperones (minimum group size of 15 students required*)

To put your group on the waitlist for our December 6th show, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424.

Cinderella (One Hour Excerpt/Live Captioned**)

When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:00am
Tickets: $15 each ($10/$5 for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch; minimum group size of 15 students required*)

To purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424.

** Live theater captioning displays spoken words in text for the audience to read. Live Event Captioning is supported by (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning). One in 5 persons, all ages, everywhere, on average, has a hearing loss. 

*PNB student matinees are reserved for groups of 15 or more school students, not including chaperones, in grades Pre-K through 12. Student matinees are subsidized with the goal of introducing as many children as possible to our productions; we work to ensure tickets are being maximized by students. Your school group should consist of many more students than chaperones. In some circumstances, we allow a ratio of 1:1, typically for preschool groups.


In-school pre-performance workshops — Grades PK–12

Add an in-school pre-performance workshop to enhance your students’ theater experience. Each workshop is tailored to the student matinee your class is attending and includes information specific to the ballet, experiential creative movement activities to explore elements of dance and choreography, samples of costumes and ballet shoes, and conversation to help students make meaning of their matinee experience.

Workshop prices

$125 per classroom.
Discounts are available for multiple classrooms at a school. Schools with a published free/reduced lunch status of more than 50% may also qualify for sliding-scale workshop fees.

Scheduling a workshop

Workshops are approximately one-hour long and may be scheduled for any school day in the three weeks before your student matinee performance, depending on availability. Workshops and tours are not available the same day as student matinee performances. Each workshop has a limit of 30 students maximum.

Contact Rochelle Rapaszky, Education Programs Coordinator, at 206.441.9411 x4121 or

Study Guides

Our study guides include a synopsis of the ballet, information about the artists, questions to guide student discussion, and resources for further information.

Cinderella Study Guide

Pinocchio Study Guide

The Sleeping Beauty Study Guide

Snow White Study Guide

Swan Lake Study Guide

Le Corsaire: A Pirate's Tale Study Guide

Don Quixote Study Guide

Movement Activities
For use by classroom teachers with their students.

For more information, or to request printed copies of PNB Study Guides (available free of charge), contact PNB's Community Education Programs at 206.441.2432 or

PNB is a proud member of:

ArtsED Washington
Dance Educators Association of Washington
National Dance Education Organization
Washington State Arts Alliance

PNB is Affiliated With:

Eastside Arts Coalition
Dance USA
Seattle Public Schools
Arts Impact/Puget Sound ESD

PNB’s Community Education Programs are supported by:

Alaska Airlines, ArtsWA, Byron and Alice Lockwood Foundation, City of Bellevue, Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, Grousemont Foundation, Harvest Foundation, Macy’s, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peg & Rick Young Foundation, Providence St. Joseph Health, RealNetworks, Tulalip Tribes, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Anonymous Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, and generous individuals.