Nutcracker Ballet - Columbia (MO)

*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts- Jesse Auditorium
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:00 pm
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***

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


Tickets on sale soon for Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'!

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

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

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Anna Radik will conduct auditions Saturday, September 10, 12:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, 110 Orr Street, Suite 102, Columbia MO 65201 for 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 8 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. 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

The mission of the not-for-profit School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is to cultivate the artistic and personal development of all students by providing a supportive environment of dance study which motivates and inspires. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s vision is to develop the skills of the student both professionally and artistically by introducing both traditional and innovative dance technique. This vision is supported by two fundamental principles: continual growth and the pursuit of excellence. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is guided by the strategic ideals of Missouri Contemporary Ballet; providing education, promoting involvement in the arts, and enriching the community. These goals require hiring the highest caliber instructors, developing a competitive yet supportive class structure, and retaining students dedicated to the study of dance. Attaining the vision requires diligence, creativity, confidence, and fortitude from staff, instructors, students, and supporters.


About Township Auditorium

Township Auditorium was constructed in 1930 and is a great example of Georgian Revival architecture. The theater has hosted a variety of events, such as concerts, boxing matches, political rallies, theatrical productions, and more. Upcoming events and performances include Merle Haggard, the annual Columbia Blues Festival, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Known as the "community auditorium," the Township has undergone renovations in recent years to bring it back to its original splendor, before the building's slow decline over several decades. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.