As we begin to reopen, we are grateful to see our community looking to the future, but we know that safety will be at the top of our patrons’ minds, as it is ours. 

Ballet San Antonio and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts are committed to ensuring a safe environment for everyone to enjoy our performances.  

  • All attendees will be temperature screened before entry. Patrons with elevated temperatures will not be allowed to enter.
  • All attendees must wear a mask for entrance and anytime they are away from their seats or designated areas. (Masks will be provided to those without).
  • No outside food or drinks
  • No large purses, backpacks or bags
  • Touch free payments and ticket scanning
  • Restroom and elevator occupancy limited and monitored at all times
  • Frequent cleaning on touch surfaces and use of electrostatic disinfectant devices
  • Multiple touchless hand sanitizer locations are available throughout the venue.
  • Plexi guards in place for concessions, patron services and box office.
  • Floor markers for social distancing will be in place at all cueing locations – Parking garage elevator lobbies, Tobin elevator lobbies, concessions, patron services, merchandise locations, restrooms, and box office.
  • Social distance spacing will be maintained on the Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater.
  • Tobin Center staff and volunteers will be temperature screened before entering the theater and will not be allowed to enter if elevated

Ballet San Antonio, Tobin Center staff and volunteers will wear face masks at all times. 

The Nutcracker

Co-Choreographers: Easton Smith and Haley Henderson Smith
No live music.


Step into Ballet San Antonio’s magical world filled with colorful costumes, humor, a dazzling winter wonderland, and much more with our annual favorite, The Nutcracker! A theatrical experience set to Tchaikovsky’s score with live accompaniment by the San Antonio Symphony.

Create a memorable experience wrapped with magic to enjoy with your family and friends!

It’s a snowy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum home and the family welcomes guests to their holiday party.  Clara and Fritz can hardly contain their excitement as they dance with their friends, play games and help pass out gifts.  Suddenly, Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeier, arrives and introduces his handsome nephew to Clara.  Drosselmeier has brought magical, life-size dancing dolls as well as a special gift just for Clara–a beautiful, wooden Nutcracker.

After the guests leave, Clara returns to the living room looking for her beloved Nutcracker and falls asleep on the couch.  She suddenly awakes to the sound of scurrying mice.  The Christmas tree starts growing until it is towering over her and Fritz’s toy soldiers appear as large as she is.  The Nutcracker comes to life just in time to meet a Mouse King that resembles her brother Fritz. The Nutcracker leads the soldiers to battle against the mice. At the last moment, Clara throws her pointe shoe at the Mouse King and the Nutcracker defeats him. With that, the ancient spell is broken and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.  Clara gratefully thanks him and realizes that it is Herr Drosselmeier’s nephew. He takes her on a sleigh through a magical forest where the the snowflakes dance and the Snow Queen and King guide them along their way to the Land of Sweets.

Clara and her Prince arrive at the Land of Sweets, greeted by the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy and her loyal subjects.  As the Prince tells of the battle against the mice, Clara recognizes the Sugar Plum Fairy as her Uncle’s lovely fiancé that she had met at the party. Everyone is thrilled to hear that the spell has been broken and they all dance for Clara and the Prince.  Hot Chocolate from Spain begin the festivities, followed by Chinese Tea and Arabian Coffee.  The Russian Trepak deliver a spectacular display, along with the sweet Marzipan and Mother Ginger who arrives with her dancing polichinelles. Then shimmering flowers appear, led by the glittering Dew Drop Fairy and her cavalier.  Finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy returns and Clara watches breathlessly as she soars through the air with her cavalier.  After they dance, the Sugar Plum Fairy bids Clara and the Prince farewell and they journey home in their sleigh.

Clara wakes on the familiar couch in her living room, her Nutcracker now standing beside her.  She sees the nephew’s hat on the mantle and her magical journey comes flooding back to her.  Was it all a dream, or did her wonderful godfather send her on a magical Christmas journey to the Land of Sweets?


FRI, DEC 4 | 7:30 PM

SAT, DEC 5 | 2:00 PM

SAT, DEC 5 | 7:30 PM

SUN, DEC 6 | 2:00 PM

FRI, DEC 11 | 7:30 PM

SAT, DEC 12 | 2:00 PM

SAT, DEC 12 | 7:30 PM

SUN, DEC 13 | 2:00 PM



FRI, DEC 4 | 10:00 AM

TUES, DEC 8 | 9:50 AM

TUES, DEC 8 | 11:15 AM

THURS, DEC 10 | 9:50 AM

THURS, DEC 10 | 11:15 AM 


Choreographed by Edwaard Liang


Race against the midnight toll with the grand return of Edwaard Liang’s Cinderella. A fairytale full of hope, hardship, and happily ever after, this lush production, set to Prokofiev’s score, brings your favorite characters to life with elegance and charm. With a little help from a certain Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is sure to be a delight for all ages.


FRI, FEB 26 | 7:30 PM

SAT, FEB 27 | 2:00 PM

SAT, FEB 27 | 7:30 PM

SUN, FEB 28 | 2:00 PM



FRI, FEB 26 | 10:00 AM