FRI, DEC 6 at 7:30 pm
SAT, DEC 7 at 2:00 pm
SAT, DEC 7 at 7:30 pm
SUN, DEC 8 at 2:00 pm
SUN, DEC 8 at 7:30 pm (Final Performance)

Student Matinees

Available to local schools and home school students with tickets at deeply discounted rates. Free tickets are often available to Title I schools. The Student Matinee performances are an abbreviated version of Ballet San Antonio’s full-length performance of "The Nutcracker."


This performance of "The Nutcracker" is designed to be welcoming to youth/adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder; cognitive disability and/or sensory sensitivity.



Saturday, December 7
Ages 8-11
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Onstage at the Tobin Center

Sunday, December 8
Ages 12-15
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Onstage at the Tobin Center

Meet us "At the Barre" for a class onstage at the Tobin Center to learn ballet technique from the professional dancers of Ballet San Antonio!


Saturday, December 7

Immediately following the matinee performance (approx. 4:00 pm)

Onstage at the Tobin Center

Join the main characters from The Nutcracker onstage for this exclusive professional photo opportunity to create magical memories with your family and friends!

A ticket to the meet and greet does not include admission to the performance.


Choreographer, Easton Smith
Choreographer, Haley Smith

Easton began his professional career at the age of 17 with the renowned director and choreographer Michael Smuin.  During his seven years with Smuin Ballet, he recreated numerous leading roles from Michael’s tenure as Director of San Francisco Ballet, as well as originating many roles created for him by Michael at Smuin Ballet.  Smith would go on to work as a leading male dancer for the Sacramento Ballet, as well as Ballet San Jose where he met his wife, Haley.

Easton and Haley joined the pre-Broadway tour of Dirty Dancing where Easton performed the leading role of Johnny Castle, as well as in the ensemble.  Easton then joined the Broadway cast of Billy Elliot in New York City as Older Billy.  After his work on Broadway, Easton and Haley decided to return to ballet and they were invited to work with Ballet West as Soloists, under the direction of Adam Sklute.  During his time with Ballet West, Easton also choreographed multiple pieces for the highly-acclaimed Innovations Program.

Easton has had the opportunity to work with some of the most influential choreographers, repetiteurs, teachers, and directors of our time.

After his retirement in 2013, Smith became a commercial helicopter pilot focusing on private executive charters, production, and aerial firefighting for the United States Forestry Service.  During that time, he also held the title of President of Coastal Helicopters, an aviation company based in the Los Angeles area.

Smith now has a successful Real Estate Group at the number one market center of the world’s leading brokerage.

Haley grew up in Southern California where she trained with Clarissa Boeriu.  At the age of 17, she received a contract with the Royal Danish Ballet and continued dancing there for six and a half seasons.  While there, Haley had the privilege of creating roles in multiple works by Alexei Ratmansky, John Nuemier, and Tim Rushton, among others.

After dancing as a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre during their 2006 Metropolitan Opera House season, Haley danced for two seasons with Ballet San Jose, where she met her husband, Easton.  From there they joined the cast of the pre-Broadway tour of Dirty Dancing where Haley performed in the ensemble and as the lead character, Penny.

After training in New York City with David Howard, Willy Buhrman, and Nancy Bielski, Haley joined Ballet West as a Soloist in 2010 and was promoted to the rank of Principal in 2013.  While at Ballet West, she danced the full range of leading roles with the company including the principle woman in Balanchine’s Diamonds and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.  She also originated roles in works by Nicolo Fonte, Jodie Gates, Val Caniporoli, and Easton Smith.  Haley was also a world ambassador for Gaynor Minden pointe shoes and was featured in Dance Magazine’s women’s issue in 2012.