Nutcracker Ballet - Santa Barbara (CA)

The Wednesday, December 13 Great Russian Nutcracker performance in Santa Barbara at the Arlington Theatre has been cancelled due to safety issues in regard to the surrounding fires. Refunds are being issued through the venue Box Office (805) 963-4408.


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. 


Santa Barbara Area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Anastasiya Hnatyshyn on October 8 at Host Studio Inspire Dance Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara and area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition on Sunday, October 8, 12:30 pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Anastasiya Hnatyshyn at Inspire Dance Santa Barbara, El Mercado Center, 4141 State Street, Suite F-6, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Anastasiya Hnatyshyn 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. Anastasiya Hmatyshyn 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 Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm at Arlington Theatre.  Find Tickets here

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara is a school of dance offering a positive, well-rounded program for young dancers and performers, from beginners to pre-professionals. IDSB provides the highest level of instruction in a nurturing environment and continually strives to build self-confidence while instilling the rigorous standards of technique and artistry.

Ballet is the foundation upon which all forms of dance are developed at IDSB. Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance certified teachers provide the most informed training and delight in cultivating dancers capable of reaching their fullest potential as artists. Performing opportunities are offered throughout the year to help develop qualities in our dancers that enable them to perform with confidence and allow them to dance naturally from the heart. Through IDSB’s Community Engagement Program, students have many opportunities to share their love of dance and help enrich the young arts community, exposing all generations to the discipline and beauty of dance.

About the Arlington Theatre

The Arlington Theatre is the largest movie theater and principal performing arts venue in Santa Barbara, California, United States. In addition to regular screenings and artists, it is home to many events associated with the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Arlington was built in 1931 on the former site of the Arlington Hotel, which was destroyed following the 1925 earthquake. The current structure was erected in 1930 as a showcase movie house for Fox West Coast Theaters. It was restored and expanded in the mid-1970s and opened in its current incarnation in 1976.

The Arlington was designed in the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles in a period when Santa Barbara was being rebuilt in that style following a powerful earthquake in 1925. The exterior has a Mission Revival steeple that ends in an art deco finial.