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.

Charlottesville’s Isabella Gorman accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Sunday, Dec. 18 at Paramount Theater

Charlottesville’s pre-professional teen violinist Isabella Gorman accompanies 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 Sunday, December 18, at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theater.  The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for his or her proven expertise and has 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

Isabella Gorman is a pre-professional violinist and fiddle player from Charlottesville, Virginia. At age six, Isabella began studying Suzuki violin with Julie Wilkinson of Charlottesville while taking Old Time fiddle lessons from multi-instrumentalist Pete Vigour. She has been performing with the Charlottesville Youth Orchestras since the first grade. In 2015, Isabella won the Charlottesville Youth Concerto Competition and performed with the local youth orchestra. She is a three-time award winner of the Charlottesville Wednesday Music Club competition series and other local competitions. She has won numerous Bluegrass and Old Time awards throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, and recently recorded a multi-genre CD for Patuxent Music in Rockville, Maryland. Currently, Isabella studies under Dr. Daniel Sender and Dr. Pamela Beasley of the University of Virginia music department and Dr. David Salness from the University of Maryland.

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.