MDSB provides performance opportunities to all enrolled students (ages 6+) each December in The Nutcracker. Students perform in a variety of dances, from solos to corps de ballet, in front of a live audience, in a professional performing arts venue. Performances give children a fun, exciting forum for self-discovery and dramatic expression, one of the primary objectives for the study of ballet.




Our Nutcracker has been seen by thousands, many of whom return year after year. We were also the subject of Serene Dillman’s documentary “Getting to the Nutcracker” which was shown in theaters and on PBS. MDSB students have been privileged to perform along side guest artists Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco Ballet, Joaquin De Luz of New York City Ballet, Gennadi Nedvigin of San Francisco Ballet, and Vitor Luiz of San Francisco Ballet.




Other performances students may take part in, include:

  • Variations from students competing at Youth America Grand Prix (February).
  • Spring performance (May)
  • Summer exhibitions (July-August)


Performances & Events

2017 Youth America Grand Prix

Many of our students who have chosen to compete in national and international ballet competitions, such as the Youth America Grand Prix, have distinguished themselves with top honors and awards at these competitions.  MDSB does not require our students to compete, but will support those who choose to do so. We feel competition is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn different variations, strengthen technique, perform on a stage, and meet new friends in the ballet community!