Nutcracker Ballet - Lakeland (FL)

The Lakeland Center Youkey Theater
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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Tickets on sale for Moscow Ballet's celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at Lakeland's Youkey Theatre

Announcing tickets on sale Monday, April 11 for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Lakeland at Youkey Theatre Tuesday December 27, 7:00pm.

Direct from Russia to Lakeland, 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, Lakeland 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 Lakeland.

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 Lakeland start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Florida 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 888-397-0100 or go to

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

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in LakelandMoscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Lana Popova will be present Sat, Oct 29, 12:30pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio  Highland School of Dance, 6829 Old Hwy 37, Lakeland, FL 33811 to audition 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 27 at the Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre. 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

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 accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Tuesday, Dec. 27 at The Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theatre

Lakeland pre-professional cellist Serena Colón 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 Tuesday, December 27 at 7 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.