Nutcracker Ballet - Cleveland (OH)

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

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Cleveland's Public Music HallSaturday December 17, 1:00pm matinee and 5:00pm.

Direct from Russia to Cleveland, 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, Cleveland 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 Cleveland.

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 Cleveland start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Ohio 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 Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to

Calling local student dancers to audition on Tuesday, Nov 1 & Thursday, Nov 3 to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Cleveland

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Cleveland!  Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Anna Radik  will be present at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studios

1. Thurs, Nov 1, 6:00pm at Cuyahoga Falls Dance Center  428 Portage Trail  Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 

2. Thurs, Nov 3,  5:30pm registration 6:00 at En Pointe Danse  516 East Washington Street  Chagrin Falls OH  44118

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 17 at the Cleveland Music Hall. 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

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 James Hettinga accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Saturday, December 17 at Cleveland Music Hall

Cleveland’s pre-professional teen cellist James Hettinga  accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova 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 Saturday, December 17, 5 p.m. at the Cleveland Music Hall.  The local Wunderkind youth is 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

James Hettinga has been studying cello since he was four years old. He comes from a musically-inclined family, and has performed several shows with his seven siblings who also play strings. James has won numerous competitions, including the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition’s junior and senior divisions and the Duquesne Young Artist National Competition’s Solo Strings Division. He is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, among other ensembles. One ensemble, the Cecilia Octet, was chosen to play for “From the Top,” a national radio show, this past spring

About the Cleveland Music Hall

Music Hall Cleveland 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.