Nutcracker Ballet - Rochester (NY) (NY)

Auditorium Theatre
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Rochester at RBTL Auditorium Theatre on December 7 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.


The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Rochester on Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm at RBTL Auditorium Theatre.

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 Rochester are available April 17 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 Rochester Thursday, December 7

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 Rochester, the Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Thursday, December 7, 7:00pm only at RBTL Auditorium Theatre 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 in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Dancing with Denise. 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 .

Dancing with Denise was established in 1985 when owner/teacher Denise Baller taught dance to children in over 40 daycare centers in and around the Rochester area. As her students grew up, she opened a dance studio to add evening and Saturday classes for her students who were then in elementary school and beyond. Dancing with Denise is well known for promoting fun, good health, and confidence in a non-pressure, non-competitive environment. Family-centered, Dancing with Denise hosts and participates in family fun events like local parades, providing entertainment at farmer’s markets, participating in Sea Breeze Dance Days, holding their annual dance recital, hosting birthday parties, Family Fun Nights, and Zumba® classes for all ages (from baby through adult). Dancing with Denise has recently relocated the dance studio to Webster, NY, where “Having Fun is Our Philosophy” will always be the center of what they do.

Rochester’s Young Musical Phenom Benjamin Doane Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 7 at Auditorium Theatre

Rochester’s young phenom, celloist Benjamin Doane, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on Thursday December 7, 7:00 pm at the Auditorium Theatre for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Doane 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

Rochester, New York’s Benjamin Doane has studied cello since the age of six, first at the Kanack School with Katie Fittipaldi, and currently with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. Earlier this year, Ben attended the Perlman Music Program. He has also studied at the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. From 2014 to 2017 Ben was a member of the Carriage String Quartet and principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The Quartet was a semifinalist in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England’s 2016 International Competition. Ben recently performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as winner of their Concerto Competition. He has also been featured on National Public Radio station WXXI as a winner of the David Hochstein Recital competition, and performed Popper’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In March 2018 Ben will perform the Elgar Concerto as winner of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Doane as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.

About the Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy revues. By the late 1980s, the building was converted into office space, meeting rooms, and banquet halls, in addition to the Theatre. The theater wing of what has been renamed Auditorium Center is now owned and operated by the Rochester Broadway Theater League. Auditorium Theatre hosts a variety of entertainment productions such as Broadway musicals, music concerts, dance performances, and children’s shows.

The started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy.