Nutcracker Ballet - St. Petersburg (FL)

Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 3:00 pm
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Performances!

Calling local student dancers in greater Tampa Bay to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on December 26 and 27 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theatre. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru will conduct the 4 auditions and will teach pre-audition Master Classes as well. Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio is Judith Lee Johnson Dance School, 775 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 and it is the site of the first of 4 auditions. Other sites are in Clearwater, Tampa and Lutz.Host Dance Studio owner Judith Johnson is known for her extensive experience developing professional dancers, among them Daniel Ulbricht, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and protégé of Johnson. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free.Student dancers are also invited to attend Master Classes taught by Vaganova trained Audition Director and Moscow Ballet Soloist Olga Aru prior to the audition.See the 4 Audition and Master Class information below. Students sign up to audition for one of the 4 here

SUNDAY, August 7
St Petersburg 5:00 - 6:15pm Audition at Judith Lee Johnson Studio, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St Pete, 33701
Master Class Intermediate/Advanced 2:00-3:30pm AND Master Class Beginners 8-11 yrs 3:45-4:45pm - $30

MONDAY, August 8
Clearwater 6:30-7:30pm Audition at Dance & Circus Arts, 1490 N Belcher Rd, Suite H, Clearwater, 33765,
Master Class 5:15-6:15 $30

TUESDAY, August 9
Tampa time tbd Audition at Brucie Klay Dance Center, 3601 South Manhattan Ave, Tampa, FL 33629,
Master Class Ages 8 – 11, 6:00-7:15pm  $30

WEDNESDAY, August 10
Lutz/Springhill 6:45-7:45pm Audition at Contempo School of Dance, 24148 FL-54 #1, Lutz, Fl 33559,
Master Class 5:00-6:30pm   $30

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!

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in St Pete / Tampa Bay Area!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Tampa Bay at Mahaffey Theatre Monday December 26, 3:00 and 7:00pm and Tuesday, Dec 27, 7:00pm.

Direct from Russia to St Petersburg Florida, 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, St Petersburg and Tampa 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 St. Petersburg.

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 Tampa / St Pete 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 Mahaffey BO 800-874-9020 or go to

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.