Dogs, cats and ballet dancers are ready for Saint Louis Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Are you? 


Saint Louis Ballet's
Muttcracker Contest!

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Meet Cesar

Rescued 2010

Character Dressed as:
The Nutcracker Soldier

Photo by Kelly Pratt

Dress up your beloved pet as a Nutcracker character and you could win tickets to The Nutcracker and even a Professional Photo Session.

Celebrate Nutcracker season by posting a photo of your dog or cat costumed in Nutcracker garb (of
course!) on Saint Louis Ballet’s weekly contest post on Facebook
(  Each week, dog and cat lovers from Saint Louis Ballet will select the “winning-est” picture, and award the lucky entrant 4 tickets to The Nutcracker! The weekly winners are entered into the ultimate contest prize...a photo session with their beloved pet with Kelly Pratt, the photographer of Dancers & Dogs!

Muttcracker Contest Starts Monday, November 4th weekly!
Enter weekly through December 9th!

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Show off your favorite pet in Nutcracker garb and win.

Here’s How!

  1. Snap a shot of your dog or cat in Nutcracker apparel (or a costume appropriate for the ballet!)

  2. Follow or Like Saint Louis Ballet on Facebook or Instagram.

  3. Post your best photo, along with your name, pet’s name and pet’s character on the contest post at so followers can see the post and like it – or send it to Saint Louis Ballet's Facebook page via direct message.

  4. Submit your weekly entry by the following dates:
    November 4 (winner announced: Biscuit!
    November 11 (winner announced: Millie!)
    November 18 (winner notified via Facebook on November 22)
    November 25 (winner notified via Facebook on November 29)
    December 2 (winner notified via Facebook on December 6)

    December 9 (winner notified via Facebook on December 13)

    Each week, dog and cat lovers from Saint Louis Ballet will select the “winning-est” picture, and award
    the lucky entrant 4 tickets to The Nutcracker! ($150+ Value). Weekly winners are eligible for the grand
    prize – a professional photo session with renowned photographer Kelly Pratt – of Dancers & Dogs!


  5. If selected as a weekly winner, you will receive information about how to claim your tickets and
    instructions for their use.


  • Contest launches weekly every Monday beginning November 4 for six weeks.  Six winners will be chosen.

  • Contestants can enter weekly.

  • Winners are chosen every Friday by dancers of Saint Louis Ballet who are all dog and cat lovers.

  • Winners are notified through Facebook.

  • Winners will get to choose any evening performance of The Nutcracker to attend using their winning tickets.

  • Winners must pick up tickets at Will Call at Touhill Performing Arts Center's Ticket Office prior to the performance chosen by using a form of identification.

  • Employees of Saint Louis Ballet cannot be chosen as winners.

  • Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash or exchanged for other performances other than The Nutcracker.

Meet the Muttcracker Contest Winners!


Saint Louis Ballet is proud to work with Kelly Pratt and Ian Kreidich, creators of Dancers & Dogs
(, a beautiful tribute to ballet dancers nationwide and the pets they adore.

This holiday season, their Muttcracker photos feature Saint Louis Ballet dancers in tandem with
adoptable dogs from Stray Rescue, a Saint Louis organization dedicated to rescuing stray animals in need
of medical attention, restoring them to health, and placing them in loving, adoptive homes.

All Muttcracker animals are available for adoption. Featured photos of adoptable dogs with Nutcracker
characters will be posted at beginning November 4.