Nutcracker Ballet - Jacksonville (FL)

Florida Theatre
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 904.355.2787

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


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 Maxwell van Hoeij Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina December 22 at Jacksonville’s Florida Theatre

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Maxwell van Hoeij on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Saturday, December 22, 3pm, at the Florida Theatre, 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. Maxwell van Hoeij is a member of Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra’s (JSYO) Honors Quartet, concertmaster with JSYO and 2018 winner of JSYO’s Young Artist Competition. In 2017, he performed as concertmaster for North Florida All Districts. 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, Maxwell van Hoeij, please contact Gabry or Sally.

Journalists are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal the day of the December 22 performance with prior approval. Please contact Sally or Gabry for more information. 

Maxwell van Hoeij is 15-years-old and is concertmaster with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra’s (JSYO) Philharmonic. He also performs with the JSYO Honors Quartet. In 2018, Maxwell won the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.  Maxwell performed as concertmaster for North Florida All Districts (2017). He is a student of Dr. Shannon Thomas, professor of violin, at Florida State University. Under the baton of Itzhak Perlman, Maxwell is the only Perlman Music Program Super Strings performer that has performed with them consecutively for 5 years (2013 -2018).

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Tuesday, October 23 in Jacksonville

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 Jacksonville on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Maria 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 Alius Dance School 14181 Beach Blvd., Suite 1, Jacksonville FL 32250. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Saturday December 22 at 3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm, at Florida Theatre.  Buy Tickets.

Alius Dance School (ADS) is proud to offer a unique dance program for all ages including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theater and modern dance. ADS provides a solid foundation for the pre-professional dancer based in the integration of new research in dance cross training techniques and classical styles of ballet, developing a dancer who is capable of sustaining a long, artistic career. The Elemental Body Alignment Systemis a new innovative stretching and strengthening technique designed and created by Scott Putman. The focus is to understand basic principles of initiating and anchoring movements from the pelvis while finding efficient and effective alignment through experiential anatomy. This system empowers the learner to develop a conscious awareness for integrating and articulating body parts while assisting the student in finding a deeper understanding of the body’s unique kinetic potential.

About The Florida Theatre

From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age. More than just an entertainment center, The Florida Theatre is also home to graduations, awards ceremonies, lectures, business meetings and charity events that support the community’s schools, churches, hospitals and civic groups.
As an anchor to downtown development along the beautiful St. Johns River, The Florida Theatre draws 250,000 people to Jacksonville’s center each year. The magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Florida Theatre holds special memories for four generations. From the Vaudeville acts and silent films of its earliest days to today’s blend of performances of all kinds, The Florida Theatre has served as Jacksonville’s premier entertainment center since 1927.