Nutcracker Ballet - Knoxville (TN)

Tennessee Theatre
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Knoxville at Tennessee Theatre on December 19 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.


The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be returning to Knoxville on Tuesday, December 19, 3:00 pm matinee, and 7:00 pm at Tennessee Theatre. 

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

Knoxville Area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Olena Pedan Sat, Sept 23 at Host Studio Elizabeth Williams School of Dance

Knoxville area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition Saturday, September 23, 10:30am for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Pedan at Elizabeth Williams School of Dance, 126 Kilby Street, Sevierville, TN 37862.  The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Olena Pedan 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. Olena 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   Tuesday, December 19, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm evening at Tennessee Theatre. Find Tickets here

Elizabeth Williams School of Dance was established in 1980 by Elizabeth and Ricky Williams. The school teaches ballet, Pointe, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tumbling, clogging, and tap for all ages and experience levels. The studio has developed two paths for student dancers. First is for the dancer who wants to gain self-confidence, poise, concentration, focus, coordination, and rhythm, all of which will provide benefits throughout life. The second path is for the dancer who wants sound technical training and performing opportunities in order to become a professional dancer, teacher, or enter a related career.

Knoxville’s Young Musical Phenom Daniel Choo Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on December 19 at Tennessee Theatre

Knoxville’s young phenom, violinist Daniel Choowill accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on Tuesday, December 19, 3:00 pm at the Tennessee Theatre, for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Choo 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 WunderkindNew Horizons - A Children’s Program for Lifeand Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets
Choo is the first prize winner of: 2017 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, 2016 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) State Competition (Senior Strings Division), 2015 Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA) State Competition (Senior Strings Division), 2015 Knoxville Choral Society’s Young Classical Musician Competition, 2014-15 MTNA State Competition (Junior Strings Division), 2013-14 KSYO Concerto Competition, 2014 Maryville Showcase of Area Artists Concerto Competition, and 2010 Oak Ridge Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition (Junior Division). Daniel has been an active member of the KSYO since 2007, where he is the concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 seasons. He is also the first violinist of the KSYO Principal String Quartet and of the Fourza String Quartet. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Choo as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.

About The Tennessee Theatre

The Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928, featuring the movie The Fleet’s In, starring the legendary Clara Bow. Other classic movies were premiered there through the years as well, in addition to stage productions and various music performances.

The building, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was refurbished in the late 1960s, and again in 1981. Today, the theatre hosts a variety of performers and productions, such as BB King, Alice Cooper, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.