Nutcracker Ballet - St. Petersburg (FL)

Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 727.893.7832 or 800.874.9020

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Tampa Bay on December 26 and December 27 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, December 26, 3:00 pm matinee, and 7:00pm, and Wednesday, December 27, 7:00 pm at At. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts. 

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 Tampa Bay are available April 10 at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater box office, 800.874.9020 or go to 

Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet Soloist August 25 through 30 in 4 Locations around Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay area ballet students ages 7 to 17 are invited to 4 audition locations Friday, August 25 through Wednesday August 30 for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru. Auditions, as well as Master Classes, will take place in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Largo. The Moscow Ballet auditions are open to students from dance studios across the area with a minimum one year of ballet training.  In addition, ballet students are invited to attend pre-audition Master Classes taught by Olga Aru. Dates, times, and locations are listed below. More audition information and sign up here:

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Tuesday, December 26 and 27 at Duke Energy Center for the Arts’ Mahaffey Theater. Tickets here

Ballerina Olga Aru 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 which were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. The young dancers will participate in 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.All auditionees must register at and bring the printed registration to the audition.Please contact [email protected]  for information about Tampa Bay auditions, fees, and requirements that may be over and above what is mentioned on here.

Auditions and Master Classes:
Tutterow Dance Academy -  400 Alternate Keene Rd - Largo, FL 33771
Audition:  7:00-8:00
Master class:  5:30-7:00 - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
Dance Tampa - 8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634
Audition:  2:30 - 3:00 pm
Master Class: 12:30 - 2:30 pm -  $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
Mirror Lake Studios - 559 Mirror Lake Dr. No., St Petersburg, FL 33701
Audition: 6:30-8:00 pm
Master Class: 5:00-6:30pm - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning

Dance Tampa - 8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634 - 813-968-8099
Audition: 6:30-7:30 pm
Master Class - 5:00-6:15 pm $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning

Dance and Circus Arts - 1490 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
Audition: 6:45-7:45 pm
Master Class: 5:30-6:45 pm - $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning

Judith Lee Johnson Dance School is the longest continuously operating studio in St. Petersburg and is one of the longest operating and best known dance schools in Central Florida with 43 years of guiding scores of dancers into America's most prestigious ballet companies. Former students have danced with many ballet companies including three dancers invited to the New York City Ballet, and others to Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ohio Ballet and many other companies.  The studio offers a variety of classes and special Master Classes. Johnson studied as a child with one of St. Petersburg's few dance teachers, Lois Eborn who took Judith for her first audition at NYC Ballet where she was invited to return every summer thereafter. She also went to Cuba and studied at the world renowned Alicia Alonso School in Havana. She was one of 60 teachers nationwide to be invited by NYC Ballet to attend a week long teacher's seminar with George Balanchine.  Judith built her own studio when classes were bulging with more than 300 students and many area companies came to rehearse there including Florida West Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Bay Ballet Theatre, and Southern Ballet Theatre. Daniel Ulbricht was Judith’s first student to be accepted into New York City Ballet where he is now a Principal dancer. More than 20 of Judith’s students have been accepted into New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet!

About The Mahaffey Theater

The Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts first opened as part of the Bayfront Center entertainment complex in 1965. It is a 2,031-seat venue that also features European box-style seating as well as a ballroom space. The theater has hosted various performances, such as the Florida Orchestra, Riverdance, and several traveling Broadway tours, and is a supporter of the Class Acts program, which allows St. Petersburg-area children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances and in-school programs. The Mahaffey will soon present Kenny Rogers, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Martina McBride, among others.