Our matinee performance is Sold Out! Over 2,400 students from area

schools will attend The School Matinee Performance. Join us for

opportunities to interview students, staff, teachers and dancers. This

makes a great human-interest story! Mark your calendars!

What: The Nutcracker- School Matinee Performance

Who:  Area school children and their teachers

When:  Friday December 11th at 10:00 am

Where: Adler Theatre ~ 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

Public Events & Performances

What: The Nutcracker ~ Featuring live music by Orchestra Iowa

Who:  Open to the General public

When:  Saturday December 12th at 1:30pm & 7:30pm and Sunday December 13th at 1:30pm

Where:  Adler Theatre ~ 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport, IA

Ticket Prices: Varies from $15 - $40 (additional fees may apply)

Ticket Purchase: Tickets are available in person at the Adler Theatre Box Office, online at

Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Join us for a magical holiday adventure as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the evil Rat

King, journey through an icy winter wonderland and are treated like royalty in the Kingdom of

the Sweets.  You won't find a more entertaining Nutcracker anywhere. Continue a family

tradition or begin a new one this year at a performance of The Nutcracker featuring live music

by Orchestra Iowa!

Join us for our Afterglow Party after the Saturday December 12th after the 7:30 performance to

When:  Saturday December 12th after the 7:30 performance

The Nutcracker Afterglow

meet the musicians and dancers.

What: The Nutcracker Afterglow

Who:  Open to the General Public with tickets

Where: Lobby of Hotel Blackhawk

Ticket Price: Free to Nutcracker ticket holders

For more information about the performance please contact Joedy Cook at 309-786-3779 or

email jcookballetqc@mediacombb.net. For information about the events or school matinee,

contact Amanda Aunan at 309-786-3779 or e-mail BalletQC@gmail.com

Dec. 12th 1:30 & 7:30 PM
Dec. 13th 1:30 PM
Adler Theatre - Davenport
Ballet Quad Cities premiere of The Nutcracker is less than 2 weeks away! Tickets are going fast, so make sure you have your tickets before they sell out!
Join us for an Afterglow party on December 12 after the 7:30 performance in the lobby of Hotel Blackhawk to meet the dancers & musicians.

Exploring Literature Through Ballet

We are proud to announce Ballet Quad Cities has been awarded a Humanities Iowa grant of $5,000 for our "Dance Me a Story" project. Dance Me a Story: Exploring Literature through Ballet, is free to the public and allows people of all ages to explore literature through ballet!

What is "Dance Me a Story"?

Implemented in 2014, Dance Me a Story complements Ballet Quad Cities' season with public programs that tie together ballet performances and the literature that inspires the choreography.  Participants first learn how the literature inspires the choreographer and dancers, then they see costumes, head pieces, props and pointe shoes-all important elements to bring the story to life, and then we all dance!

Click here for Dance Me a Story Video!
Enjoy this classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann as performed through dance! Dance Me a Story complements Ballet Quad Cities' season with public programs that tie together ballet performances and the literature that inspires the choreography. Participants first learn how the literature inspires the choreographer and dancers, then see costumes, head pieces, props and pointe shoes-all important elements to bring the story to life.

We hope you will join us for this exciting, free to the public event!

With a foreboding Beethoven composition lending an incongruously somber air to the proceedings, Ballet Quad Cities' ensemble is rehearsing. The brightly lit studio space finds the 10 company members engaged in all manner of movement during these five minutes of Ludwig van: two male dancers tussling in the foreground; another male skulking in the background; a petite female gliding amongst her fellow dancers and voicelessly addressing one with an accusatory glare.

1.  It feels good. You have a sense of giving back to the community supporting the lovely art of dance.
2.  It's good for you. You can express your values in activities that are meaningful and research suggests the sense of well-being can lead to better overall mental health and functionality.
3.  It builds relationships in your community. Volunteering provides a broader community perspective and a sense of team. You can also enhance your career and gain prestige by building relationships with new contacts and old friends in the community while working toward common goals.
4.  It provides new learning opportunities. You will increase your knowledge and learn new skills through networking with other knowledgeable peers. You gain an insider's knowledge of our organization and what it takes to bring a production to life.
5.  You can provide an example of giving. You can express your values in activities that are meaningful, bringing your community together and forming the habit of giving of your time and your talents.

THANK YOU to all the volunteers of the Ballet Quad Cities. Check out our website for information on how you can become a volunteer today!


Continuing its tradition of showcasing talented Iowans and sharing community performances with the entire state, Iowa Public Television will present a new production of Romeo + Juliet: A Performance by Ballet Quad Cities. The ballet will debut Friday, April 17 at 8:30 p.m., and will air again on April 20 at 9 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television.

The performers of Ballet Quad Cities bring Shakespeare to modern life. The brilliant musical score by Sergei Prokofiev and stunning choreography lure you in to a version of the tale that is driven by fate.

"We've covered many wonderful performances over the years but this one stands out," said IPTV Senior Producer/Director Deb Herbold. "It's deeper. It's multi-faceted. It is flat-out riveting."

Join us for this captivating and thought provoking performance from the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, Illinois, recorded on February 27, 2015. The program includes behind the scenes interviews with the cast and choreographer.

Under the direction of award winning Artistic Director Courtney Lyon, Ballet Quad Cites presents an amazing season of dance with all of the ballets based on historic well known pieces of literature. Come see your favorite tales being danced with beautiful costumes and wonderful music.

Dracula at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Moline on October 17th at 7:30 pm and October 18th at 7:30pm. You can't go wrong with Ballet Quad Cities' annual fall classic Dracula. This timeless Gothic tale of love, lust, horror and death is being performed in its spectacular, sexy style starring dance sensation Domingo Rubio. A new ballet choreographed by Margaret Huling set to Mozart's most famous Chamber work, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, will open the performance.

The Nutcracker featuring ORCHESTRA IOWA at the Adler Theatre, Davenport on December 13th at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm; and December 14th at 1:30pm.This well known Holiday Classic comes to life in Ballet Quad Cities' own enchanting production. Lavish costumes and magnificent scenery blend with beautiful choreography to create the most delightful fantasy ever. With live music under the direction of Maestro Timothy Hankewich, this is one holiday production you won't want to miss. Making a cameo appearance, the Quad City Symphony's Youth Choir will be performing during some of the winter scenes.

Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Moline on February 27th at 7:30 pm and February 28th at 7:30 pm. Love Stories features the original one act ballet Romeo & Juliet choreographed by our Artistic Director Courtney Lyon. Rounding out the evening will be a variety of mixed repertory sure to please the entire audience.

The Sleeping Beauty featuring ORCHESTRA IOWA at the Adler Theatre, Davenport on April 18th at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm. A beautiful princess is cursed by an evil fairy, and doomed to sleep for a hundred years, only to be awakened by the kiss of her true love. Set to the enchanting score by Tchaikovsky, under the direction of Maestro Timothy Hankewich, Courtney Lyon will bring Charles Perrault's classic fairy tale to life.

Season Ticket Price:

$90 dollars regular; $60 Senior/Military; $60 Child (18 & Under)

Check out our website www.balletquadcities.com for more details.


Ballet Quad Cites is the longest-running resident professional ballet company in the entire state of Iowa and western Illinois, one of only 100 in the nation. Our award winning performances, interactive school and community programs are accessible for everyone. Each year we touch 25,000 people with the amazing, athletic, and entertaining art of dance.

Sponsored by US Bank

What: Ballet Under the Stars

Who: Ballet Quad Cities

Where: Lincoln Park Classic Theatre

11th Ave & 38th St Rock Island, IL

When: June 6th, 7th, & 8th at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices: No Admission Charged!

Three evenings of no admission charged ballet performances - a perfect time to introduce your family to our family of dancers at Ballet Quad Cities! Bring a picnic, chairs, and a blanket and spend an evening under the stars at Rock Island's lovely Lincoln Park.

The program will bring back favorite selections from this past season including a company favorite "Making Waves" and the Pas de Deux from Carmen. Also, as a special treat, the students from Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance will perform "Peter and the Wolf". It's sure to be a crowd pleaser!

There will also be light refreshments available to purchase. All the proceeds will support our award winning Bullying Prevention Program.

For more information, please call 309-786-3779 or visit www.balletquadcities.com


October 11 & 12, 2013 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Scottish Rite Cathedral
1800 7th Avenue, Moline, IL
Tickets on sale at Ballet Quad Cities or

Available at the door

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

$22 - Adults ** $12 - age 18 & under