Nutcracker Ballet - Panama City (FL)

Marina Civic Center
Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season Panama City!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Panama City at Marina Civic Center on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24, 3:00pm matinee.

Direct from Russia to Panama City, 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, Panama City 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, Chicago to Panama City.

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 Panama City 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 BO 850-763-4696, press 0, or go to

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Panama City Performance!

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 24th year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. One of our trained Russian audtion directors will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. 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, 2014. 

Tonie Bense, owner and director of Tonie’s Dance Workshop in Panama City, FL and The Magical Kingdom of Dance is a dance educator and avid dance enthusiast.  The studio has been in operation since 1976 and has grown to two locations and over 600 students.  In addition to teaching weekly classes at the studio, Tonie travels the country participating and teaching at dance seminars and conventions ensuring that she stays up with the latest dance trends.  Tonie was a member of the 2013 Dance Studio Life Faculty where she shared the Magical Kingdom of Dance method to teachers from around the world. Tonie is the daughter of Mary Alpha Johnson who developed The Magical Kingdom of Dance featuring the Alphamat, The Encyclopedia of Dance, and other materials designed to teach young dancers. Their combined passion for dance and this innovative teaching method is one that Tonie is committed to sharing with fellow dance educators. MKOD has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, The News Herald, and The Meridian Star. MKOD also has a “Magical Mondays” post on the Dance Exec website – a site dedicated to studio owners and dance teachers.

About the Marina Civic Center

The Marina Civic Center is located in beautiful downtown Panama City, Florida.

Marina Civic Center is a rental facility housing a 2,508 seat theatre, three meeting rooms & a fully equipped stage.