San Jose Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker School Performance

As part of our community outreach and theatre arts education, San Jose Dance Theatre performs a special school show the first Friday morning of our performance weekend from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose.  We provide this opportunity to spread the love of ballet and perform this professionally produced production for Bay Area schools.  This special school show exposes the arts to students who may not ordinarily have the opportunity, and SJDT is happy to offer the performance to any school in the Bay Area at a discounted rate.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending this performance for our 52nd production of The Nutcracker in 2017, please email to get on our email list for the 2017 performance.  We hope that you’ll be able to join us!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: After I submit my online form, what happens?
A: You will receive an email from our coordinator confirming your total number of attendees.  Shortly after, you will receive an invoice for the total number of attendees you have confirmed.  Once the invoice is paid, you will receive your entry door assignment.  There are three entrances to the CPA, and on the morning of the performance, you will line up in a specific order at your assigned door entry.

Q: What if I need to change our total number of attendees?
A: Once your invoice is paid, all sales are final and you are not able to decrease your total number.  However, you are welcome to add to your total number of attendees any time before the end of November deadline.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept for the school show tickets?
A: We accept checks mailed to: 1756 Junction Ave. Suite E, San Jose, CA 95112 by the end of November deadline.  We also accept credit cards over the phone. Please call 408-286-9905 to make a payment.

Q: Where will my school group be seated in the theater?
A: We seat groups in the theater according to the time stamp of the submitted online form, so the sooner you submit your form, the better!  If you have requests for special needs students that would like to be near an exit or aisle, please note that when submitting your form.

Q:  Is there a live orchestra during the school show?
A:  Unfortunately not, but if you would like to see the production with the live orchestra, then please purchase tickets to one of our performances!

Q: Since the performance ends at 12:30pm, can my students stay to eat lunch?
A: Absolutely!  In the past, school groups have brought their lunches and left them in the lobby during the performance.  Weather-permitting, they’ve enjoyed their lunches outside the CPA after the performance.

Q: Will the Nutcracker boutique be open during the school show?
A: Yes!  We invite you and your students to browse our Nutcracker boutique and purchase a souvenir to remember this special performance!

Q: Are we issued individual tickets for each student?
A: No. Some school groups are 100+ students and since that is a lot of tickets for children and teachers/chaperones to keep track of, we ask that you check in with the usher assigned to your door entry when you arrive at the CPA. They will count your group and confirm that you have the correct amount you were invoiced for.

Q: If I have less students attend that what I paid for, can I get a refund?
A: No, we are not able to do refunds for the school show since we use your total number of attendees as a reservation for holding seats for your school, thus preventing other schools from attending or sitting in that section.