Nutcracker Ballet - Birmingham (AL)

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex- Concert Hall
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 3:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Birmingham!


Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Local Musical Wunderkind Emily Turner Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina November 25 at Birmingham’s BJCC Concert Hall

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Emily Turner on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Sunday, November 25, 3:00pm, at the BJCC Concert Hall,in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program selects local youth based upon their demonstrated skills and talents. Emily Turner, 13, is a member of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra and studies under Jeffrey Flaniken at Samford University. She has performed with the Alabama All-State Orchestra and Fiddle Frenzy, a Nashville-based performing group. Through the “Musical Wunderkind” program pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world-traveled principal ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at

To arrange an in-person interview with Wunderkind, Emily Turner, please contact Gabry or Sally.

Journalists are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal the day of the November 25 performance with prior approval. Please contact Sally or Gabry for more information. 

Emily Turner, 13, started playing violin at the age of six. She currently studies with Jeffrey Flaniken, Associate Professor for Violin and Music Theory, at Samford University. She is a member of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, the official youth orchestra of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs in community events. She has been a member of the Alabama All-State Orchestra and Fiddle Frenzy, a Nashville-based performing group that has traveled as far as Scotland.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, September 29 in Birmingham

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour. 

Moscow Ballet Audition Director Maria Morari   arrives in Birmingham on September 29 at 10:00am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian NutcrackerMaria Morari  will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Local children will meet and work one-on-one with talented Moscow Ballet Soloist/Audition Directors who have toured the world; have degrees in Masters of Choreography, Economics and Journalism; won awards at International Ballet Competitions, and performed with super stars including Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva and Vladimir Vasiliev!Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Linda Dobbins Dance LLC, 12 Office Park Circle, Suite 115, Mountain Brook, AL 35223Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday, November 25, 3:00 pm, at Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.  Buy Tickets.

Linda Dobbins Dance, established in 1996, has garnered an excellent reputation for training beginner thru pre-professional/professional dancers. Their mission is to help each student achieve their personal goals and to instill in the dancers life skills that are professionally important. Linda Dobbins Dance is proud of its heritage as a strong competitive dance and theatrical training studio. The school offers intense training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, modern, contemporary, clogging, vocal performance and acting. Linda Dobbins Dance aspires to instill confidence in its students as well as teach values such as responsibility, discipline, pride, perfection and the coping skills needed to work in a competitive environment.

About the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC)

In the heart of thriving, fun-filled Birmingham is the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC). As one of the city's premier gathering places, it is where concerts, Broadway shows, local meetings, banquets, educational, cultural, religious and social functions are held on behalf of all members of the community. Here is array of top-notch facilities, 1056 adjoining guest rooms in Westin Birmingham and Sheraton Birmingham hotels, an Uptown District with convenient dining and entertainment as well as a host of specialized services. The Convention Center's primary mission is to attract theatrical performances, conventions and meetings that will generate economic benefits for the region. The BJCC is an important community gathering place and is more than just a venue for conventions and trade shows, it is also a magnet for the local community too. BJCC hosts popular consumer events such as the Birmingham International Auto Show and Birmingham Sport & Boat Show and many more that thousands flock to every year.