Nutcracker Ballet - Atlanta (GA)

Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at GA Tech
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 5:00 pm
T: 404.894.9600

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Returning to Atlanta at Ferst Center for the Arts on November 26 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.


The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will return to Atlanta on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 26, 1:00 pm matinee and 5:00 pm at Ferst Center for the Arts.

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score. 

Tickets start at $28.00. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from .  Single tickets in Atlanta are available May 16 at or call the Ferst Center BO 404-894-9600. 

25 Years and 2 Generations Strong: Local Ballet Students Perform Side-by-Side with Moscow Ballet Pros in Atlanta on November 26

25 years and 2 generations later, over 75,000 local ballet students, ages 6 to 18 with at least 1 year of ballet training, perform side-by-side with Moscow Ballet pros. In Atlanta, the “Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Sunday, November 26 at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. this holiday season.

“It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to grow and see how a professional company works...the costumes were breathtaking, says Julia Zhmutski of Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City. The ballet students, who study at ballet schools in the area, auditioned for Moscow Ballet Audition Director  Olena Pedan in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio  International City School of Ballet (ICSB).  The children’s roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and Act II’s Variations of the world’s five great heritages. The experience of auditioning for a professional, rehearsing with the company, being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, and performing for a live audience of a thousand or more is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children!

See the Dance with Us  student dancers perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker: 

The International City School of Ballet is a nationally recognized classical ballet training program in Smyrna, GA. The school, its Artistic Director, Georne Aucoin and Resident Choreographer and Executive Director, Musashi Alvarez, have all received top awards for their outstanding work. Founded in 2004 in Warner Robins, the International City School of Ballet is one of the most respected pre-professional ballet academies in Georgia. Originally established to enable serious young dancers to receive extensive training year-round while also being able to experience valuable performance opportunities, it quickly became a standard of excellence in dance education throughout Georgia and has generated widespread attention in the dance community as a school that raises the bar. ICSB offers an individualized training style with small classes proven to elevate every dancer’s training to the next level.

Lana Popova dances with Atlanta Pre-schoolers at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

September 24 Atlanta children met and danced with Ballerina Lana Popova at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta through Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life.”  Lana Popova, Soloist and Audition Director with Moscow Ballet, arrived in Russian Folk costume to teach children folk dancing, play Russian language games and share Moscow Ballet Russian cultural activity sheets.  Lana attended Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art and Ballet and Moscow Music School. She won 2001 Diplomat of the International Festival “The Sunny World of Childhood”, Certificate of Art Therapy from First International Festival of Art Therapy in Bulgaria and was Head Assistant for the Delegation from Moscow to Para-Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

About The Rialto Center for the Arts

The Rialto Center for the Arts is a cultural resource, not just for the Georgia State University community, but for the entire Atlanta community. The nationally renowned arts programming is curated carefully to appeal to diverse audiences and represent the widest possible array of artistic styles and genres. The Rialto Center is an 833-seat performing-arts venue located in the heart of the historic Fairlie-Poplar district in Atlanta, presenting the Rialto Series, which features the best of national and international jazz, world music, and dance. The Rialto Center is the home of Georgia State University’s School of Music performances and is the downtown go-to venue for other arts organizations’ performances, visiting companies, and independent film screenings. Georgia State University is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is a leading research institution of higher learning, educating Georgia’s most diverse population of students. More than 32,000 students are enrolled annually, arriving from every county in Georgia, all 50 states and 159 countries.