Nutcracker Ballet - Tucson (AZ)

Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 2:00 pm
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Friday, December 21, 2018 - 7:00 pm
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Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Tucson at Centennial Hall at University of Arizona on December 22 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Tucson  on Friday, December 22, 3:00 pm matinee, and 7:30 pm at Centennial Hall at University of Arizona.

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 Tucson are available April 17 at or call  Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

Fleur-De-Lis Academy’s teaching philosophy is to focus on the building of self-esteem, self-worth, self-value, and self-discipline in each individual student. The vehicle that the school uses to instill these values is high quality pre-professional ballet

Tucson and area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition on Saturday, October 21, 11:30 am for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Romana Dumanska at Host Studio, Flor de Liz Dance, 318 W. Ft. Lowell Road, Tucson, AZ 85705. The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Romana Dumanska 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. Romana Dumanska 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 Friday, December 22, 3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona. Find Tickets here

At Flor de Liz Dance, the studio embrace’s the individuality each dance student brings to its classes. They believe in earning the respect and support of the students. The dance students work towards developing sound technique, versatility, poise, discipline, and self-expression in the various dance disciplines: ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop/jazz, and tap. The culmination of this hard work in class is showcased by two annual performances: a Winter and Spring Showcase. The Winter showcase is held in the Stevie Eller Dance Theater at the University of Arizona and the Spring Showcase is held in the Proscenium Theatre at Pima Community College. This is a great performance experience for the dancers, and the camaraderie shared by the dancers and parents make these events unforgettable. Accomplished artists and professionals in the field of dance teach the classes and this studio offers Tucson residents a friendly, professional alternative to competition schools.

Tucson’s Young Musical Phenom Lilly Cottam Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Nataliia Ivasenko on December 22 at University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall

Tucson’s young phenom, cellist Lilly Cottam, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Nataliia Ivasenko on Friday, December 22, 7:30 pm at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Cottam 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

Tucson’s Lilly Cottam is a home-schooled seventeen-year-old, who has played the cello for almost five years.  Her teacher, Mary Beth Tyndall, is an inspiration and has pushed Lilly to aim higher than she thought was possible, and to enter various competitions, including the Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Young Artists Competition.  As one of the winners of this competition, Lilly was featured as a soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson in May 2017. Although Lilly began learning the cello at a much later age than a lot of young musicians, she has been challenged to work hard and pursue excellence, in an effort to be able to perform at the same level as her peers.  It is a great honor for her to perform with the Moscow Ballet Company.

Having studied in the Young Composer’s Project for three years, Lilly enjoys composing music as well as playing her cello.  She has been a member of Tucson Junior Strings, and in her junior year, Lilly joined the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, enjoying the opportunities and community that TPYO offers.  For several years, Lilly has attended the Cello Congress at the University of Arizona, as well as Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado; both of these experiences have stretched and challenged her musically.  In the future, Lilly would like to teach music.  Her dream is to pass on the same joy and love of music to others that she has been given by Mary Beth Tyndall. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Cottam as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.          


About Centennial Hall

A historic landmark, the University of Arizona’s “Main Auditorium” was built in 1937. It has played host to many of the greatest performing artists of the past century.

Renovated and renamed in 1985, Centennial Hall has a capacity of 2,526. It is located just inside the University’s Main Gate near the intersection of East University Boulevard and North Park Avenue.