Nutcracker Ballet - Memphis (TN)

Cannon Center For The Performing Arts
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 3:00 pm
On Sale Soon
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Memphis at Cannon Center of the Performing Arts on November 25 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.


The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Memphis on Thanksgiving Saturday, November 25, 3:00 pm matinee only at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

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 Memphis are available Friday, April 28 at or call  Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

25 Years and 2 Generations Strong: Local Ballet Students Perform Side-by-Side with Moscow Ballet Pros in Memphis on November 25

25 years and 2 generations later, over 75,000 local ballet students, ages 6 to 18 with at least 1 year of ballet training, perform side-by-side with Moscow Ballet pros.

In Memphis, the“Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, November 25, 3 p.m. at the Cannon Center this holiday season. “It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to grow and see how a professional company works...the costumes were breathtaking, says Julia Zhmutski of Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City. The ballet students, who study at ballet schools in the area, auditioned for Moscow Ballet Audition Director Maria Morari in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio, Studio B Dance. The children’s roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and Act II’s Variations of the world’s five great heritages. The experience of auditioning for a professional, rehearsing with the company, being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, and performing for a live audience of a thousand or more is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children!

See the Dance with Us  student dancers perform in the Great Russian


Studio B Dance strives to achieve excellence with each student that enters the studio by providing exceptional training for students of all levels.  Studio B is very passionate about supporting the community and regularly performs at charity events and festivals.  Each year a charity is chosen to support teaching children the importance of paying it forward.  This year the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) is the chosen charity. Studio B was founded in 1939 under the direction of Ms. Debra's Aunt B.  From there, the studio expanded throughout the Bradshaw family to Connecticut, North Carolina, and New Jersey where Debra's mother owned her own studio for over 50 years!  Debra continued in her mother's footsteps by opening her own studio in New Jersey for 3 years before moving to Tennessee.  In 1990, Studio B dance made its debut in Germantown, TN.

Memphis Young Musical Phenom Sarah Beth Overcash Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on November 25, 2017 at Cannon Center for The Performing Arts

Memphis’ young phenom, violinist Sarah Beth Overcash, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya on Saturday, November 25, at 3:00 pm at  Cannon Center for The Performing Arts for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Overcash 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

Memphis’ Sarah Beth Overcash (strings) is 18 years old and has traveled from her hometown of Brinkley, Arkansas, since the age of four to study the violin with Pak Chung Cheng in Memphis, Tennessee.  She began playing the violin in the Arkansas State University orchestra at the age of ten and has played in the Delta Symphony Orchestra for the past 5 years.  She has been a member of the Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2015.  Sarah Beth has won first place in both the junior and intermediate Strings Divisions of the Memphis Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition.  She was the winner of the Neale Bartee High School Award in the 2016 Delta Symphony Young Artist Competition and performed as soloist with the Delta Symphony Orchestra. Overcash was the first prize winner of the J.D. Kelly Violin Competition at Arkansas State University and as a winner of the Memphis Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, she performed as soloist with the Memphis Youth Symphony in May 2017.   Moscow Ballet is honored to include Overcash as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.

About the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

The world-class Cannon Center for the Performing Arts officially opened to rave reviews in January 2003.

The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and hosts a multitude of other events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts, touring theatrical productions, children's theater and general sessions for conventions in the Memphis Cook Convention Center.