Nutcracker Ballet - Lexington (KY)

Singletary Center of Arts
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 859.257.4929

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

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.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Tuesday, September 25 in Lexington

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 Yuriy Kuzo arrives in Lexington on Tuesday, September 25 at 4:30pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Yuriy Kuzo will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. 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 Gloria Deo School of the Arts 120 Dewey Drive, Suite #124 Nicholasville, KY 40356. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at Singletary Center of Arts.  Buy Tickets

Gloria Deo School of the Arts founder and director, Sarah Henderson, began dancing in 1996 at the age of 6 and received her early dance training at Kentucky Repertoire Dance Theatre. She went on to study at Bluegrass Youth Ballet and there performed several lead roles including Sugar Plumb Fairy in The Nutcracker and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Since conception, Ballet Gloria Deo has performed throughout Central Kentucky at major theaters, universities, schools, churches, and retirement homes. The school offers classical dance lessons for children and adults. The most advanced levels of ballet instruction help students prepare for auditions and aid them in applying to professional dance companies.  Whether a child dreams of dancing in the Nutcracker or is simply interested in enriching their life through classical ballet, Gloria Deo School of the Arts has the perfect ballet class and program for everyone. 

About The Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky

The Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky first opened in 1979; it acquired its current name in 1987, in honor of Otis A. Singletary, the university’s eighth president and longtime advocate for the performing arts. The venue hosts hundreds of events each year, from student programs and community events to a variety of cultural and performing arts productions.

A part of the College of Fine Arts and essential to the UK School of Music, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts artistic, cultural and educational events for the University community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Live Orchestra Accompanies Moscow Ballet Statewide!

First time ever - University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by UK Director of Orchestras John Nardolillo, will perform Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker live in Lexington Tue, Nov 18 at Singletary center for the Arts. John Nardolillo has conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York. He was Music Director and conductor for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, a performance that featured 1,500 performers, 200 horses, and was broadcast worldwide for a television audience of 500 million! Read more…