Student Matinee Performances

Join Louisville Ballet for a specially-designed student matinee! Educators and students have the opportunity to enjoy a live performance while getting a behind-the-scenes look at ballet and the performing arts. All student matinees are one hour and fifteen minutes long and include excerpts from the production performed by Louisville Ballet. In addition, educators receive a comprehensive Study Guide before the performance to enhance the experience for students.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

Tuesday, December 17, 2024
Wednesday, December 18, 2024
Thursday, December 19, 2024
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center
Suitable for All Ages

Delight in excerpts from both acts of this holiday classic and follow Marie’s journey through the Land of Sweets as she meets the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Rat King! Experience a magical morning at the theater when you join Louisville Ballet for a Student Matinee performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker! Students are greeted by dancers in costume in the lobby, entertained by an interactive slideshow while they wait for the show to begin inside the theater, and get their wiggles out with a fun dance along activity during intermission. This experience for your students is not to be missed!

Pricing + Payment Policies

Student tickets are $10 each, with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets per order.
One FREE adult chaperone ticket is provided per 10 student tickets.
Student tickets for orders of less than 10 students are $20 each.
Additional adult chaperone tickets are available for $20 each.

Payment for student matinees is due three weeks prior to the performance. Cancellations may be made until 30 days prior to the performance. After this deadline, field trip reservations become a final sale, and your school is responsible for the full amount due. Adjustments are not allowed for absences on the day of the show.

Bridge the Gap: Funding for Title 1 Schools

Title 1 Schools are eligible for FREE tickets to attend Louisville Ballet Student Matinee Performances. Seats are limited and awards are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bridge the Gap Applications for the 2024-25 school year will open in mid October 2024. 

Apply for tickets through the bridge the gap program


Do you have questions about our Student Matinees? Send us an email at or give us a call at (502) 583-3150 x251!

Virtual Performances

Can’t join us at the theater? Louisville Ballet offers several virtual performances so you can enjoy the show from your school or home. Find out more by visiting our Virtual Programs webpage.