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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2014  
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm alt
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm alt
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 8:00 pm alt
Duke Energy Center for the Arts- Mahaffey Theater  

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in St. Petersburg, FL!

altMoscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts- Mahaffey Theater on Sunday, December 28th at 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM, & 8:00 PM.

Exclusive to the Great Russian Nutcracker is the stunning Dove of Peace, with 20ft wingspan, and created by 2 dancers moving as one; Russian folk legends Father Christmas/Ded Moroz and Snow Maiden/Snegurochka who escort Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony; life-sized Matrushka Dolls; and whimsical 10ft tall silk puppets. New in 2014 is an authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha’s magical Toy Cabinet. Wearing intricately detailed costumes, many with shimmering Swarovski crystals, the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet bring Tchaikovsky’s master score and the holiday season to life!

Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts; call 800-320-1733. For VIP and single tickets call Duke BO 800-874-9020 or go to Tickets on sale soon!

Three Open Auditions this October for Dance Students in the St. Petersburg, FL area!

Moscow Ballet announces open and free auditions Oct. 26, 28 and 29 in the St. Petersburg area.  The details are as follows:

St. Petersburg
Date: Sunday, Oct. 26th
Master class 5:30-7:00pm  Audition 7:00 pm
Location:Judith Lee Johnson Studios -559 Mirror Lake Dr No, St Petersburg, FL 33701 

Tuesday, Oct. 28th
Master Class: 5:15-6:30pm, Audition 6:30 pm
Location: Dance Boutique-8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634  

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 29th
Master class: 6:00-7:15pm Audition: 7:00pm       
Location: Dance and Circus Arts - 1490 North Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL 33765
Contact: Judith Lee Johnson 727-432-6612

Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Carolina Siscanu will be present to select 60 student dancers to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. If cast, there is a $50 fee which covers rehearsals, costumes and performance expenses. Students will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Sunday December 28 in three performances 12Noon, 4 and 8:00 pm at the Mahffey Theater. Applicants must be between 7 and 16 years old, have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. “The payoff at the end of the rehearsals is the opportunity to be part of Christmas magic, to dance under shimmering lights with award-winning Russian dancers against exquisite hand-painted sets. It’s great for the kids. They get to dance in a professional production,” affirms Margaret Engle of Fort Myers FL.Register at

Judy Lee Johnson's School of Dance is the local host studio that facilitates the local auditions for Moscow Ballet's St. Petersburg, FL perfomances.To find out when this cities local audition is being held, please check out our Audition Sign- up page by clicking here.

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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.


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