Nutcracker Ballet - North Charleston (SC)

North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in North Charleston!

Announcing tickets on sale Friday, April 11 for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at North Charleston Performing Arts Center Friday December 30, 3:00 matinee and 7:00pm evening.

Direct from Russia to North Charleston, 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, Charleston 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 Charleston.

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 North Charleston start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local South Carolina 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 Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 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 North Charleston!

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 30 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Lana Popova will conduct auditions Sun., Sept. 25, 11:00 Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Ballet Academy of Charleston, 1579 Savannah Hwy, Suite B. Charleston SC  29407 for 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.  Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program brings 6,000 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, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition today at . Performance tickets are at

Ballet Academy of Charleston was founded in 1993 by Mara Meir. Hundreds of children and adults in the greater Charleston area have been taught classical ballet in this small but serious ballet school.  The regimentation and discipline of classical ballet training taught at this Ballet Academy should give students new poise, maturity, grace and awareness of the body as well as education into the world and history of ballet - and the joy that being a part of music and dance can bring.  The school presents no recitals in order to dedicate total class time to learning and improving basic and advanced techniques and skills.  Progression through graded classes is based solely on the ability of the student to master the techniques taught at each level as well as having the physical and emotional development necessary for a responsible learning process.

North Charleston’s Karl Pless and Lydia Pless accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Friday, December 30 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center

North Charleston’s pre-professional siblings Karl Pless and Lydia Pless accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Aleava,Ekaterina Bortiakovaor Alisa Voronova   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 Friday, December 30 at 7 The North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for their proven expertise and have 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 brought annually 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

Karl Pless has studied classical violin for nine years. He attends Academic Magnet High School in Charleston and studies violin under the direction of Francis Hsieh. During his summers, he has studied at the Eastern Music Festival and Luzerne Music Camp. Karl has participated in the South Carolina All-State orchestra for the last four years. He is also in a chamber music mentoring program under the Chamber Music of Charleston where he performs regularly throughout Charleston. He is also part of the Charleston Youth Symphony Orchestra where he sits principal second.

Lydia Pless attends the Charleston County School of the Arts and has played the cello since the age of nine. Lydia currently studies the cello under Timothy O’Malley.  While at Luzerne Music Center, she also studied under Daniel Lelchuck. She is the principal cellist of the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra and has been principal cellist multiple times in her state’s Region and All-State orchestra.

About the North Charleston Performing Arts Center

North Charleston Performing Arts Center was opened in 1999 at the North Charleston Coliseum, as a multi-purpose venue. It hosts concerts, theater and dance productions, sporting events, family shows, and more. The North Charleston Performing Arts Center is the largest entertainment venue in the "low country."