Colorado Conservatory of Dance presents The Nutcracker

December, 14, 15, 21 & 22

Performing Arts Complex at PCS
1001 W. 84th Ave
Denver, CO 80260

The CCD production, presented yearly since 1993, boasts gorgeous sets and costumes, stunning choreography, and professional guest artists from around the world. With ample free parking included, the production is the only one in the Denver metro area that invites all children from the audience onstage after the performance to learn choreography from the holiday classic. Audience members also have the opportunity to meet the Nutcracker Prince, Clara, and many other characters from the ballet for autographs and photos to complete the magical experience. 

The 2019 production features international guest stars Ji Young Chae and John Lam, both principal dancers with Boston Ballet, who perform the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on December 14 & 15; these leading roles are danced by Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell (both from Ballet West) on December 21 & 22.


December 14 (1:00pm & 6:30pm); December 15 (1:00pm); December 21 (1:00 & 6:30pm); December 22 (1:00pm)


Adult: $47 Prime | $37 Standard | $27 Value

Senior (65 yrs and older): $42 Prime | $32 Standard | $22 Value

Teen (13-19 yrs): $40 Prime | $30 Standard | $20 Value

Child (12 yrs & under): $40 Prime | $30 Standard | $20 Value

Order tickets by clicking on the link below, or calling us at 303.466.5685

Nutcracker 2019 Poster-FINAL-outlined
CCD Sensory Nutcracker
Colorado Conservatory of Dance presents
A Sensory-Friendly performance of The Nutcracker 

Friday, December 20 at 6:30pm

Performing Arts Complex at PCS
1001 W. 84th Ave
Denver, CO 80260

For the fifth year in a row, we are proud to offer this performance specifically for those families with a “guest of honor” who has a hard time sitting through a conventional performance to feel comfortable having a family experience at the ballet.

  • House lights will be turned on to make the environment not-so-scary.
  • Music will be altered so there will not be any sudden loud noises.
  • Participants will feel free to react or express themselves to the story on that stage in any way they need.
  • Therapeutic manipulative are allowed.
  • Use of iPads is allowed, but flashes or flash photography is still prohibited, as it is harmful to the dances onstage.
  • There will not be an interactive audience performance afterwards. There will also be a “Tutu Petting Zoo”
  • Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the Nutcracker Prince, Clara and many other characters from the autograph and photos in the lobby following the performance.
  • Seating is General Admission.
  • Patrons will be able to move around freely as needed or desired.
  • Seating is limited to no more than half the house (300 seats) to insure each audience member has adequate room.

For tickets to this special performance, please all 303.466.5685

Questions and Answers regarding our Sensory-Friendly performance of The Nutcracker 
  • Question: Who is the intended audience for this performance? And who qualifies as a “guest of honor”?
    • Answer: As part of CCD’s commitment to “dance is for everyone” the Sensory-Friendly performance are intended specifically for people with sensory needs that might otherwise not feel welcome attending typical performances, whom we refer to as our “Guests of Honor” and who pay no admission price. Additionally, we offer deeply discounted ticket prices for anyone accompanying those guests. 
  • Question: How long will this performance be?
    • Answer: The Sensory-Friendly “Nutcracker” lasts for slightly under two hours.
  • Question: Is there an intermission?
    • Answer: Yes. This is generally 20 minutes in duration.
  • Question: I have a three-year old daughter who won’t sit through a typical two hour performance, may I bring her to this one instead?
    • Answer: You may be surprised to learn that families with young children are actually encouraged to attend our Nutcracker matinee performances. After each performance, we have a special on-stage experience for children this age! The Sensory-Friendly performance features a number of accommodations that are specially designed for those whose needs would make them uncomfortable or unable to attend a “typical” performance. 
  • Question: I am a senior and we are on a fixed income, may we come to this performance?
    • Answer: While the Sensory-Friendly performance is not geared towards seniors, we do offer Value and Senior pricing for all our Nutcracker performances in order to make the experience affordable for all audience members.
  • Question: I see that the Guests of Honor are able to get up and move about, can you please explain what this means?
    • Answer: Guests of Honor are encouraged to leave their seats and move about the theatre as we realize that some are better able to process the performance’s magic through a kinesthetic experience. We only ask that their movements do not impede the enjoyment or safety of other audience members or performers. 
  • Question: Manipulatives are allowed, will this distract the dancers?
    • Answer: If the use of personal manipulatives assist our Guests of Honor in their enjoyment of the performance, we encourage their use. Rest assured that our performers are aware and supportive of the variety of accommodations made for our Guests of Honor during the Sensory-Friendly performance.  
  • Question: Is flash photography allowed?
    • Answer: Unfortunately, as this can be a danger to our dancers, flash photography is prohibited. 
  • Question: Will the dancers be in full costume?
    • Answer: Absolutely!
  • Question: What about potentially scary masks?
    • Answer: Out of respect for our guests of honor, whose responses to sudden and unexpected stimulus may inhibit their enjoyment of the performance, we begin the experience by showing all attendees our Mouse costume, so that the audience has seen our dancer with the mask on and off.
  • Question: Will my family be able to meet any of the dancers?
    • Answer: Of course. The lobby will be filled with dancers after the performance for autographs and photos!
  • Question: What is a “Tutu Petting Zoo”?
    • Answer: We have a table set up so guests can touch and feel costume pieces and pointe shoes from this performance. 
  • Question: Can I purchase tickets for my group?
    • Answer: We ask that each individual family calls to reserve their own set of tickets.
  • Question: Will this performance sell out?
    • Answer: YES. We did completely sell out last year! As we hate the notion of turning away families for this special event, please be certain to get your tickets early once you’re confident that the Sensory-Friendly performance is the correct one for you and your family.

Cinderella and the Evil Stepmother

A World Premiere by Dominic Walsh

Saturday, May 9 
1:00 & 6:30pm

Step info an enchanting, heart-warming retelling of the classic tale. Through courage, kindness and tenacity, this modern-day Cinderella triumphs in the face of adversity.

Performing Arts Complex at PCS
1001 W. 84th Ave
Federal Heights, CO 80260


More information and to purchase tickets.

Cinderella 2019 Poster

Start typing and press Enter to search