Nutcracker Ballet - Charlottesville (VA)

Paramount Theatre
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 12:00 pm (noon)
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Charlottesville, VA!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Charlottesville at Paramount Theatre Sunday December 18, 12noon, 4:00pm matinee and 8:00pm evening.

Direct from Russia to Charlottesville, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas.   Experience the exceptional dancing of award-winning principal artists and a company of nearly 40 classically trained dancers. With a 60-foot growing Christmas tree; hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver; stunning, hand-painted sets designed by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague, Charlottesville audiences are sure to be delighted.  Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” receives critical acclaim in the over 100 cities they perform, from New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Charlottesville.

The production is dedicated to achieving world peace.  Act II is named “Land of Peace and Harmony” and features a rose-shooting cannon and stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20 foot wingspan.

Tickets in Charlottesville start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Virgina Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact or more information.  Seniors, Military and MotorClub members are eligible for discounts at the theater box office.  

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Paramount Theatre Box Office 434-979-1333 or go to

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Charlottesville Performance!

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 24th year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. One of our trained Russian audtion directors will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. 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, 2014. 

Founded in 1997, the BalletSchool  of Charlottesville provides Ballet classes with professional instruction. The emphasis is on proper technique and performance style in accordance with each student’s stage of development. The method caters to any student – whether considering dance as a career or just for enjoyment. Subjects included in each class level are Ballet, character and free-movement. The studio also offers HipHop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Tap classes for all ages. In order to promote a healthy mind and body, the studio provides a positive environment for all dancers to enjoy and reach his or her highest potential. All of our dancers can be themselves regardless of ability, age, and size. Contact Atusko Nakamoto for more information.

Local prodigy violinist Mary Stelow accompanies Principal Ballerina in live performance Dec 6 at Paramount Theatre

Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program, consistent with Moscow Ballet’smissionto provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs,brings pre-professional Concerto Competition winners on stage to accompany the Principal Ballerina in a pre-curtain performance of Saint Saen‘s “Dying Swan.” Young musicians in cities across the US auditioned to perform live prior to the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker performance.   Mary Stelow, Musical Wunderkind in Charlottesville, accompanies Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova Sunday, December 6, 5:00pm at the Paramount Theatre.“Local children as part of Moscow Ballet's "Musical Wunderkind" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014.The rare pairing of a youth musician and a ballerina in front of live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind in 25+ cities on the 80 city tourMore information and tickets at

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Mary Stelow, 17, began playing the violin at age four.  She has participated in the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia since first grade and has served as the concertmaster since her freshman year.  This past year, Mary was a finalist for the Feder Memorial Strings Competition and received Honorable Mention from the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Concerto Competition.  She has participated in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s Senior Regional and All-Virginia Orchestras since her freshman year, and served as concertmaster for her Senior Regional Orchestra her junior year. Mary has attended various string camps and festivals including Bravo! Summer Music Institute in Minneapolis and Meadowmount School of Music. Mary is a senior at Charlottesville High School and takes lessons from Ricardo Cyncynates, associate concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra.

About The Paramount Theater

Originally a movie palace, The Paramount Theater opened in 1931. It once hosted films, war bond drives, fashion shows, cartoons for kids, and musical artists, before closing its doors in 1974. Thanks to the diligence of those in the greater Charlottesville region, the theater was saved from threats of demolition, instead undergoing renovations before reopening in 2004. It now presents a variety of arts, education, and entertainment events, such as London's National Theatre, The Lyric Opera Virginia, comedians, musicians, and more.