Nutcracker Ballet - Cleveland (OH)

Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Cleveland at Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium on December 16 ~ Tickets On Sale

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will return to Cleveland on Saturday, December 16, 3:00 pm matinee, and 7:00 pm at Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Tickets go on sale now.

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 Cleveland are available April 17 at or call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000.

Cleveland and area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Alisa Bolotnikova Tuesday, October 3 at Host Studio En Pointre Danse

City  ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition Tuesday, October 3, 6:00pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova at Moscow Ballet Host Studio: En Pointe Danse, 516 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.  The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training. 

Ballerina Alisa 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. Alisa 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 Saturday, December 16, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm at Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Find Tickets here

Our goal is to provide En Pointe Danse students with a strong technical foundation in ballet, and other dance forms, while encouraging a joy for dancing that they will take with them wherever they go. We want our students to be able to apply the lessons learned in dance, such as discipline, perseverance, creative thinking and a developed sense of physical well-being, to the rest of their lives. We also promote the growth of our students’ self-confidence, self-expression, and their ability to thrive in a performance setting. Contact Gail Friedberg 440-247-5747

Cuyahoga Falls Dance Center strives to foster self-confidence, physical fitness, and artistic expression in our students. Students work hard, accept corrections gracefully, feel beautiful, and challenge themselves to move to music. The studio witnesses their personal growth as they learn to interact with one another with courtesy and respect. Students are encouraged to give back to the community that has supported their endeavors and to become role models of accomplishments and integrity. Above all, the studio is a joyful place where our students smile, laugh, have fun and encourage one another.

Cleveland’s Young Musical Phenom Samual Rosenthal Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on December 16 at Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium

Cleveland’s young phenom, violist Samual Rosenthal, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on Saturday, December 16, 7:00 pm at Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Rosenthal will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential 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

Cleveland’s Samuel Rosenthal, viola, age 16, is honored to be part of the Young Artist Program at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Jeffrey Irvine. He has studied violin, viola, and chamber music at CIM since 2007. As a participant inThe Chamber Music Connection (Columbus, OH) and Phoenixphest (Ann Arbor, MI), he has performed in master classes for members of The St. Lawrence, Ying and Cavani String Quartets, as well as distinguished artists James Ehnes, Paul Kantor and Peter Salaff. He has attended summer music festivals around the country including Greenwood Music Camp, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the renowned Perlman Music Program. Sam is currently co-principal viola of The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. This past summer Sam performed the Mendelssohn Octet as a member of The Cecilia Octet on NPR Program 'From the Top.' Winner of the 1st prize in the 2017 Ohio Viola Society High School Division, Sam was also a featured soloist with the Suburban Symphony as a winner of their 2017 concerto competition and in January 2018 he will perform the Walton Concerto for Viola with The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Rosenthal as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.       

About the Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium

Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium is located within the Cleveland Convention Center, and serves as host to various performing arts shows, from music to dance to stage shows. The facility was constructed in 1922 in the "grand opera" tradition and Italian Renaissance style. In addition to the 3,000-seat Music Hall theater, the complex features a large exhibition space as well as a 10,000-seat auditorium and 600-seat Little Theater.