Nutcracker Ballet - Lakeland (FL)

The Lakeland Center Youkey Theater
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Youkey Theater at Lakeland Center on December 28 ~ Tickets On Sale April 24

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be returning to Lakeland  on Thursday, December 28, 7:00 pm at Youkey Theater at Lakeland Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 28. 

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 Lakeland are available April 24 at or (888-397-0100). 

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2017 Lakeland Performances!

Highland School of Dance (HSD) in Lakeland was opened in 1974 by Jane Coyle. The objectives and standards have always been to give the best dance education possible while instilling high moral standards to be used all through life and to enjoy the freedom that dance brings while learning the discipline that it demands. HSD's former students have gone on to dance in college and professionally. Students have attended, performed with, founded, and been employed by Disney World in Florida and Japan, Ballethnic, Butler University, Busch Gardens, Chicago Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Conservatory, Deeply Rooted Production, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Lines Ballet, Martha Graham Foundation, Moving Current, Moving People Dance Theater, New World School of the Arts, Point Park University, Redwall Dance Theatre, River North, Southern Ballet Theater, Southern Methodist University, and University of South Florida, as well as appearances in Broadway productions. For more information call (863) 644-4124.

Lakeland’s Serena Colón accompanied Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance at The Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theatre

The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for his or her proven expertise and has 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 annually brought 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

Serena Colón attends Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and has played the cello for seven years. During that time, she has received superiors for the county solos and ensembles she has participated in. She was appointed All County division’s 2nd chair in 9th grade and 1st chair in 8th and 10th grade. In her 8th grade year, she also made fourth chair in Florida Orchestra Association’s All-State division. She currently studies under Troy Chang, cello professor at Florida Southern College. 

About The Youkey Theatre

The Youkey Theatre is named for Robert Youkey, former Lakeland, FL city manager, and is known as the centerpiece of the Lakeland Center complex. The complex was established in 1974; the Youkey was renovated and other parts of the complex expanded in the mid-1990s.

Today, Lakeland Center, namely its Youkey Theatre, hosts a variety of events including stage performances (dance, plays, etc.), sports, conferences, community events, concerts, and more. Youkey Theatre is home to the complex's annual Broadway and Entertainment series as well as the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.