Nutcracker Ballet - Bethesda (MD)

The Music Center at Strathmore
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 8:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 8:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in Bethesda!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Washington DC at the Music Center at Strathmore on Wednesday December 21, Thursday December 22 and Friday December 23 all at 8:00pm.

Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas. Experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague. Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim for performances in 100+ cities from New York to Los Angeles, and Miami to Calgary. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon, and a stunning 2-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of 10 or more, with a special interactive program for Girl Scout troops, receive discounts and benefits via  Seniors 65+, Military and MotorClub discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification.

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Strathmore BO 301.581.5100or go to

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Bethesda!

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru will be present Sun, Oct 23 9:00am at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio City Dance at Strathmore Music Center , 5301 Tuckerman Lane  North Bethesda, MD 20852  to audition dance students from the area. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 21, Dec 22 & Dec 23 at Music Center at Strathmore. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald.Sign up to audition today at . Performance tickets are at

CityDance Center at Strathmore’s mission is to advance the appreciation for and participation in contemporary dance through performance and education. CityDance is comprised of the following programs: Studio Education, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler, providing dance training at multiple sites around the DC metropolitan area; Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), a Dance School and Conservatory committed to training young dancers for professional careers; Center at DC Dance Collective (Washington, DC), specializing in early childhood dance education; CityDance Early Arts, led by Kelli Quinn, is a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to underserved neighborhoods; CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore, producing and presenting professional dance performances and providing a performance home for CityDance Conservatory and School students; Artist-in-Residence Program is part of CityDance’s commitment to producing and presenting professional dance in the DC metropolitan area.

Bethesda’s Brent Davis and Johnny Chen accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Friday, December 23 at The Music Center at Strathmore

Bethesda pre-professional teens Brent Davis and Johnny Chen accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Aleava in a pre-curtain performance of  Saint-Saëns’  iconic “Dying Swan,” now known as the major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, on Friday, December 23 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore.  The local Wunderkind youth are chosen to perform for their proven expertise and have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program which is brought annually to cities on the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides interactive art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at

Brent Davis, cellist, began playing at age 10. He is currently a principal cellist of both the Langley High School Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Scott McCormick and the McLean Youth Orchestra under the direction of Dr. John Devlin. He also currently studies under Marion Baker, who serves as the principal cellist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Brent was previously selected for the All-District Orchestra and for the Senior Regional Orchestra. He is also winner of the 2016 MYO Concerto Competition. In his free time, Brent teaches cello at local elementary schools, performs at retirement communities and has worked with the Herndon Arts Council to bring music to children of low-income families. 

 Johnny Chen, violinist, began playing violin in 4th grade. He has won several honors, including ranking 2nd in the senior district orchestra where he has also served as assistant concert master. He is currently a freshman in Maryland Youth Orchestra, where he has served as concert master, co-concert master and principle second violin. 

About the Strathmore Hall

Founded and operated since 1981 by the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., an independent  organization, the arts center presents a lively and diverse program of art exhibitions, concerts and performing arts programs, and literary lectures and events.

As Strathmore is deeply committed to maintaining affordable and accessible arts programs to all audiences, an abiding partnership of both private and public support for Strathmore is required to nurture and perpetuate this creative endeavor... to provide a "home for the arts" in our growing community.