Digital Student Performance Series (K-12)

OBT is committed more than ever to give access to high-quality Digital Student Performances!

We are excited to announce:

Choreography – What’s That! (Feb 22 – March 5, 2021)
The Nutcracker vs. Contemporary Ballet (Nov 30 – Dec 13, 2020)

The Digital Student Performance will be sent as a password protected link that can be viewed anytime during the week it is scheduled.


Title 1 Schools – Free

School Classroom – $10

Entire School – $50

Homeschool Family – $10

Homeschool Organization – $50

*School Districts that are interested in distributing to multiple schools please contact

Choreography – What’s That!

OBT is excited to answer the who, what, where, when, and why questions about choreography through a study of Gioconda Barbuto’s BringingOutsideIn and Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat! Choreographers and dancers will explain the process of creating a ballet. Be prepared, students may be asked to try their hands (or feet) at some choreography, too!

Images: Brian Simcoe, Colby Parsons and Michael Linsmeier in Jardí Tancat; photo by Emily Nash| OBT Dancers perform BringingOutsideIn; Photo by Yi Yin

The Nutcracker vs. Contemporary Ballet

ACT I – November 30 – December 4

ACT II – December 9 – December 13

In ACT I students will compare and contrast the classical pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier to the contemporary duets of Helen Pickett’s Petal.

In ACT II students will travel the same journey of young Marie and the Nutcracker prince through the forest of falling snow. Just when students think they are about to arrive in the Land of Sweets magically they are transported to present day with the ballet Falling Angels from Jiří Kylián.

From music to costumes to movement students will discover what all these very different ballets have in common—ballet steps.

Images: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and Helen Pickett’s Petal featuring Xuan Cheng, Peter Franc, and Candace Bouchard | Photos by James McGrew