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

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. 

Atlanta Area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Olena Pedan Sat, Sept 30 at Host Studio the International City School of Ballet

Atlanta area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition Saturday, September 30, 12:00 noon, for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Pedan at International City School of Ballet, 1295 W. Spring Street SE, Smyrna, GA 30080.  The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Olena leads auditions and rehearse the young dancers in their assigned roles. Successful auditionees perform side-by-side with the Moscow Ballet company in the Great Russian Nutcracker in roles that were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. Olena also leads the young dancers at dress rehearsal with the Russian company the day of the performance. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers. The Dance-with-Us program is in its 25th year of auditioning and rehearsing student dancers in each tour city to perform with the professional company. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday, November 26, 1:00pm  matinee and 5:00pm at Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. Find Tickets here

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.