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Celebrating 20 Years of Great Russian Nutcracker!
Commemorate our 20th anniversary tour with exciting new gifts and special deals!

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker tour marks its 20th year in 2012, and we're celebrating in all sorts of ways—from special events nationwide (featuring our Russian dancers) to the introduction of new, unique, exclusive items and great deals in our gift store!

Among these new gift store items is something we here at Moscow Ballet are thrilled to present.....the 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker Storybookalt

It features 50 pages of colorful, dynamic illustrations that were painted exclusively for Moscow Ballet by Olga Larionova of St. Petersburg Academy of Art Repin Institute. The book is based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman, with elements of the Great Russian Nutcracker tale (which is also based on Hoffman's story) incorporated. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker story is set in turn-of-the-century Moscow. It follows the young Masha (known traditionally as Clara), as she travels through a wondrous, dream-like Christmas Eve. She is accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince along the journey through the Land of Peace and Harmony (exclusive to Great Russian Nutcracker), and with Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). This is the perfect winter story for readers of any age, children and adults alike! Order your copy today!


New in 2012, Moscow Ballet has teamed up with Capezio to offer fantastic deals on dancewear and related items for children and adults! Save on Capezio-brand leotards, tights, slippers, bags, and more.  There is also a Capezio Bundle package that includes everything a ballet dancer needs—Ultra Soft-Footed Tights to Short Sleeve or Tank Leotards to Ballet Slippers to bags.
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We've got new Russian Nutcrackers, of all types! Choose from a large selection of Moscow Ballet-branded Nutcrackers—all are wooden, hand-painted, and hand-assembled. These make great gifts and are perfect for any collector. Additionally, we're introducing an extensive selection of Ulbricht Nutcrackers. Crafted using the 300-year old Ulbricht family tradition, these Nutcrackers are hand-painted, traditional, wooden, and one of a kind—definitely a must-have! The Ulbricht collection includes the (adorable) buck-toothed Rat King, the magical Uncle Drosselmeyer holding a miniature Nutcracker Prince, a traditional Red Soldier Nutcracker, and so much more. Click the links to check out our wide selection!

The lovely Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) doll is new this year! Made exclusively for Moscow Ballet, the porcelain Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) is one of the most beautiful characters in Russian culture; she assists Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Claus) in bringing gifts to children. alt This 15” doll is adorned with an intricately ornamented traditional blue and white satin gown, with a beaded headdress. It is a perfect gift for children and collectors!

Have you seen Moscow Ballet's new Matrushka (nesting) Dolls? There are so many choices! Our many Matrushka (nesting) doll sets are painted in traditional jewel-toned Russian colors. Each five-piece set is made from carved wood and hand painted in fine detail. alt Many portray authentic Russian fairy tales, while others feature things like Aria Ballerinas, Moscow Ballet ballerinas, and even religious-based scenes and characters. These ornate, artisan toys are perfect holiday decorations and gifts, and illuminate Russian folk culture all year long.

Our new youth Party Dress is a must-have for your little princess!  Made for Moscow Ballet by Pegeen (committed to making every child’s special day unique and happy, and producing couture quality children’s formal wear at amazingly affordable prices), this all-taffeta Party Dress is available in five very pretty colors. alt And it features a lace collar, sleeve ruffles, and a contrasting wide grain ribbon around the waist. Each dress is made-to-order (delivery takes 2-3 weeks).
Click here to find this and other Moscow Ballet apparel.

Visit the Moscow Ballet Gift Store to start shopping today!
And don't forget.....tickets for Moscow Ballet's 20th Anniversary production of Great Russian Nutcracker make great gifts, too! Nothing compares to the magnificence and wonder that is Great Russian Nutcracker! Join us in celebrating 20 years of soaring holiday spirit, and treat your family to the most incredible ballet experience in the world! Visit us online to find a performance near you!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the unique telling of the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her Nutcracker Doll told with true Russian flair. In 2012, Moscow Ballet celebrates its 20th year of touring this performance across North America, and to much critical acclaim! The whimsical fantasy of Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is legendary, with the piece firmly enshrined as a Christmas staple for audiences across the country and in Canada. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, and Moscow Ballet’s company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers are the perfect combination for a holiday celebration for all.

Nutcracker.com is your source for all things Moscow Ballet and all things Nutcracker! See Great Russian Nutcracker and other story ballets’ historical photos in our gallery, watch videos of the Master Teachers working with their American students, listen to interviews with our soloists, and so much more!
Young dancers - you can dance with the pros! Learn about the Great Russian Nutcracker audition process in your city.

Visit the Studio Blog for the latest news and stories of the Great Russian Nutcracker and other productions. And our Fine Art Gallery will introduce you to Russia’s newest talent in the visual arts.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed in over 60 cities in 2012. Find a performance in your state below, or visit Your City to find out when we will be in your area. This holiday season, experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker– acclaimed by the press and adored by audiences everywhere. Get your tickets now!

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