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St. Petersburg, FL


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 12:00 pm alt
Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm alt
Saturday, December 26, 2015 - 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!

altTickets go on sale Tuesday, May 5 in Tampa Bay for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey Theatre on Saturday December 26 at 12noon, 4:00pm and 8:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets call Mahaffey BO 800-874-9020 or go to

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow  Ballet's 2015 Performances!


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. 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.

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.

"[Bears] gifts of major artistic accomplishment."
Charlottesville News & Arts


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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