Nutcracker Student Matinees

Thousands of Hampton Roads students have experienced the beauty and joy of classical ballet with Ballet Virginia’s “The Nutcracker” student matinees. These performances allow us to share our passion and artistry while helping to create a strong community for all of our children to flourish in.  See the magical snow as it transforms Clara and her beloved Nutcracker into a beautiful princess and a handsome prince.  Waltzing flowers, delightful fairies and tiny mice will spark the imagination and bring holiday cheer.  Make plans to see Ballet Virginia’s new professional company onstage along with talented local dancers!

An SOL teacher guide is available to further enrich the experience. Easy bus loading, comfortable seating and a modern facility make this an enriching and trouble-free experience.

Student Matinees:  on Thursday, December 15th and Friday, December 16th mornings at 10:30 AM

Reservations:  Call 757-446-1401 or email

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts  / $10 per student / Title I pricing available / one adult free with every 10  paid students /  $20 for additional adults /  SOL material available / Groups must be 10+ to qualify

Nutcracker Student Matinee Guidelines:

>Any public, private, preschool, daycare or home school group of 10 or more qualify for student matinee reservations

>In order for a school to receive one free chaperone, reservation must include at least ten paid students (20 paid students receives 2 free chaperones, 30 paid students receives 3 free chaperones, etc).  Each additional adult or chaperone is $20.

>Ballet Virginia will only correspond with one representative from each group for; taking reservation, securing payment and making changes to the reservation.

>A 50% deposit is due upon receipt of the emailed invoice, to hold seating.  A reservation is not secure (another words seats are not held) until the 50% deposit is received.

>Three weeks prior to performance date final numbers are due and final payment is due seven days prior.

>Groups have ten days prior to performance to adjust the reservation.  After ten days prior to performance all reservations and invoices are final.

Nutcracker Student Matinee Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the COVID Guidelines for the Sandler Center?

COVID Guidelines will be updated as needed.

How long is the performance?

Ballet Virginia’s Nutcracker is about two hours long with a brief intermission. Teachers and students can expect to board buses around 12:45 PM.

Where do the buses park/drop off/pick up?

Buses must arrive and drop off on Bank Street parallel to the Sandler Center Theatre. Bank Street is located to the right of the box office, if one is facing the front of the Sandler Center. The Sandler Center shuts down Bank Street for safety of all guests. The Sandler staff will guide and walk children safely to the theatre. Buses will remain on Bank Street during the entire performance so children and teachers can board the buses to go home at the same place they dropped off. For personal vehicle parking please use the free parking garage across from the theatre that has an entrance on Market Street between Commerce Street and Columbus Street. Sandler Center Theater address is 201 Market Street in Virginia Beach.

Call Ballet Virginia at 757-446-1401 for more information
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