Nutcracker Ballet - North Charleston (SC)

North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker return to North Charleston Performing Arts Center Saturday, December 9 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker returns to North Charleston Performing Arts Center Saturday, December 9, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm.

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

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

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 accompanied Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance at 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."