Nutcracker Ballet - Minneapolis (MN)

Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre Saturday, December 2 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.


The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, December 2, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm evening performances.

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 Minneapolis are available April 3 at or call  Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

Minneapolis Area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Alisa Bolotnikova on Saturday, September 23rd

Minneapolis area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to a third audition opportunity for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova on Saturday, September 23rd, 2:00 PM at Belle Ballet, 402 N. Main Street, Suite 340, Stillwater, MN 55082.

Ballerina Alisa Bolotnikova will lead 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 Bolotnikova 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. The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Saturday, December 2, 3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm at Orpheum Theatre Find Tickets here .

The Dance Factory is the Forest Lake area's premier studio for excellence in dance instruction. Creating art, providing mentors, establishing lasting memories, getting involved in the community, and cultivating a love for dance. The Dance Factory opened it’s doors for business in 1999. It’s owner, Jennifer Tell, had a vision for a school that not only provided it’s students with quality dance instruction, but that gave students a “life experience.” Students who walk through the doors in Forest Lake are given team-building skills, confidence, lasting friendships, positive role models, and memorable experiences. The approach to teaching is about nurturing the individual qualities each student has to offer. The staff is made up of experienced, positive adults, dedicated to making your child’s dance experience unique and fun.

Belle Ballet offers quality dance education in the St.Croix Valley and greater east Minneapolis area. A staff of knowledgeable and caring professionals offer first class dance training and dance technique taught by dedicated and supportive professionals. Classes include Vaganova ballet, preschool and adult dance. Belle Ballet was voted by the Stillwater Gazette as Best Studio in the East Metro area in 2015 and 2016.  Instructors Grigory Ilyvitsky, also Ballet Master, graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy, member of Moiseyev Folk Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, and James Sewell Ballet; Anastasia Fedorova , Guest Artist and graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy; and director Cheri Bell together represent 10 decades dedicated to dance!

About the Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theatre (originally the Hennepin Theatre) first opened its doors in Minneapolis in 1921. The legendary Marx Brothers were the first to perform at the venue that was billed as the largest vaudeville house in the country. Other legendary entertainers have performed there as well, including Fanny Brice, George Burns, and Jack Benny.

The Orpheum later became a major cinema house, and one of the first to premiere films such as Gone with the Wind and From Here to Eternity. It has hosted big bands, including Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey, and productions of the Broadway hits My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof.