Nutcracker Charity Ball

Each December, Mobile Ballet hosts The Nutcracker Charity Ball – our signature event featuring some of the area’s most outstanding young women in support of our commitment to community.

Invited debutantes join serving girls and members of the Corps de Ballet in a seated dinner and magical winter wonderland tableau. Since 2002 the Nutcracker Ball has raised more than $1.2 million toward the education and outreach programs of Mobile Ballet and other local children’s charities.   The Mobile Ballet board selects recipients each year through a formal grant application process.

Charities over the years have included Goodwill Easter Seals, Camp Rap-a-Hope, the Child Advocacy Center and many more.

Beyond the traditional presentation to society, our mission is introducing these young women to meaningful community service.  Debutantes join in service projects like Day of Dance with the Boys & Girls Club, working with children who might otherwise not have an opportunity for exposure to dance and the arts.

This year’s Nutcracker Charity Ball Honoree is a legend of Mobile Bay area dance: Ann Duke.  Ann is best known as the guiding light and founder of Sheffield’s School of Dance, where thousands of dancers first donned pink tights and slippers over the last 75 years.

December 28, 2018 – Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center

Dinner tickets are $150/ Presentation admittance – $50.

For purchase and more information: 251. 342.2241


Grant Applications

The Nutcracker Charity Ball has raised more than $1.2 million for the Ballet’s education and outreach programs as well as children’s charities selected each year by our Board of Directors.

Children’s charities with 501(c)(3) non-profit status serving residents of Mobile or Baldwin County are invited to apply through a formal grant application process which begins each January.

For more information, please call the Mobile Ballet office at (251) 342-2241. (download application/ information here?)

Photos:  Nutcracker Charity Ball debutantes volunteering at the Goodwill Easter Seals Child Development Center, a past recipient of the Mobile Ballet Nutcracker Charity Ball grant.

Grant Recipients include:

2016 Dumas Wesley Community Center, After School Achievement Program (ASAP)

2015 The Family Center – Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse Family Time Program

2014 BayPointe Children’s Hospital

2013 Goodwill Easter Seals Child Development Center

2012 Children’s Program of Penelope House

2012 USS Hope at USA Children & Women’s Hospital

2011 Wilmer Hall Children’s Home 2010 St. Mary’s Home

2009 Woody’s Song – Day Program for Children with Autism

2008 USA Children & Women’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

2007 Child Advocacy Center

2006 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

2006 Southeastern Diabetes Foundation, children’s programs

2005 Mercy Medical’s Guardian Angel Program

2005 Camp Rap-A-Hope – Medical Alliance

2004 Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama

2004 Camp MASH – Arthritis Foundation

2003 FIND – Friends Interested in Neurological Disorders

2003 Ronald McDonald

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