First time at the ballet for young children in Everything Else Ballet Posted January 11, 2010 I've taken my three-year-old to several performances, but she is a much better audience member when we see mixed bills of contemporary works than ballet. This could be because the mixed bill is easier for her attention span to handle, because of her preference, or because the ballets we've taken her to have not been very good. We recently took her to see Ballet Austin's Nutcracker, and by the second act she wanted to lie on the floor under her seat. I couldn't blame her; in fact I considered joining her. Really, I think we would do better to wait another year or so before taking her to dance performances, but sometimes it's just easier to take her along.