The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas is a vibrant company with a broad reach. Now in its twenty-seventh year of production, Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition in Denton. The aim of the Festival Ballet is to provide a professional, quality performing experience for its 200-plus cast members and its 5,000-plus audience members. In addition to The Nutcracker, the Festival Ballet presents lecture/demonstration programs to area public schools and other community service performances. Dancers for the company are chosen through open auditions held in August and September each year. The dancers you will see represent thirty communities in the north central region of Texas, as well as dancers from New York, and Washing DC. We would like to extend a sincere appreciation and recognition to the area dance schools that make up the Festival Ballet, and their teachers who sent their very best students in order to make this performance of dance a magical one.