Nutcracker Ballet - Detroit (MI)

Fox Theatre
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 12:00 pm (noon)
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Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Detroit's Fox Theatre December 17 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker retruns to Detroit's Fox Theatre Sunday, December 17, 12noon and 4:00pm matinees and 8:00pm.

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 Detroit are available Monday, April 3 at or call  Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

Detroit Area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Alisa Bolotnikova Sept 27 at Host Studio MDM Dance Company and Sept 29 at Performer’s Edge Company

Detroit area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to 2 auditions to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Detroit. The auditions are September 27, 5:00pm at MDM Dance Project, 6060 Collection Drive, Shelby Twp, MI 48316 and September 29, 6:00pm at Performers Edge Dance Company, 133 W Main Street, Northville, MI 48167 for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova.  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 Sunday, December 17 in the 12noon, 4:00pm matinee or 8:00pm performances at the Fox Theatre. Tickets

MDM Dance Project Director Mark McCleese has been teaching for 12 years and dancing for 20. Mark was the head of the Dance Department at the Center Stage Studio Performing Arts Studio in California. He has judged several dance competitions including Showbiz and Primetime over the last decade. His students have placed first overall at many competitions and he has also won many choreography, costume and special awards. Mark has taught master classes at many studios throughout the United States and has performed professionally in many shows including Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Deborah Alrutz has been dancing for over 50 years and teaching since the early 80's. She taught ballet in Wisconsin and Michigan and has taught with Mark since they both began with Andrea Redman Dance Academy (now MDM Dance Project). Her focus is on classical ballet technique and proper body placement. Deborah has 2 daughters and is an engineer at GM.

Performer's Edge Dance Company was voted the Best Dance Studio byreaders of the Northville Record in 2012! The studio is known for teaching kids and adults dance staples such as jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. There are also specialized classes, including the kids' Jumps, Leaps and Turns class that focuses on technique, and a core-strength class. The studio also has an award winning dance competition team.

Detroit’s Young Musical Phenom Nohemi M Perez-Barradas Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on December 17, 2017 at Fox Theatre

Detroit's young phenom, violist Nohemi M Perez-Barradas, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on Sunday, December 17, 4:00 pm at Fox Theatre for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Perez-Barradas 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

Detroit’s Nohemi M Perez-Barradas studies under Velda Kelly, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Besides playing in the orchestra at Farmington High School, she plays in the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and has participated in the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Nohemi was also invited to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival as a member in the Honors Orchestra for the past two years.


About the Fox Theatre


The Fox Theatre was constructed in 1928, as the first movie palace in the world to be equipped with sound systems for films. It presented feature-length films, shorts, orchestra performances, and later hosted some of the biggest names in showbiz history—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Shirley Temple—as well as the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Today, the Fox Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an exquisite backdrop for a variety of live productions, including another renowned Christmas show—Moscow Ballet’s incredible, critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker.