Nutcracker Ballet - Memphis (TN)

Cannon Center For The Performing Arts
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Clayton Hancock Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina November 29 at Memphis’ Cannon Center

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Clayton Hancock on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Thursday, November 29, 7:00pm, at the Cannon Center 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. Clayton Hancock started playing violin at four years old, and in 2012, began studying with renowned American classical violinist, Christina Castelli. He has performed with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Youth Symphony and The Beethoven Club. 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, Clayton Hancock, please contact Gabry or Sally. 

Journalists are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal the day of the November 29 performance with prior approval. Please contact Sally or Gabry for more information.

Violinist Clayton Hancock currently resides in Memphis and performs in concerts and recitals around the United States. He started playing violin at just four years old, studying under his father who is trained in the Suzuki Method. In 2012, Clay began studying with soloist Christina Castelli and has performed in masterclasses for Midori, Tomo Keller, Charles Yang and Annie Fullard. Competition successes have led to performances with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Youth Symphony and The Beethoven Club.  His past summer festivals have included Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, The Meadowmount School of Music in New York and the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

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


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” Saturday, September 15 in Memphis

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 Memphis on Saturday, September 15 at 10:00am 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 The Dance Academy of Bartlett 6240 Stage Plaza East Bartlett, TN 38134. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.  Buy Tickets

The Dance Academy of Bartlett is the premier dance education studio in the Memphis area. The studio offers instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Tumbling. The studio has been under the ownership of Tracy Spencer Hannon since 1997. Students have performed on Carnival Cruise Lines, on college dance teams, as members of the halftime dance team during the Liberty Bowl, in numerous competitions and dance conventions and with the Moscow Ballet.  Students learn the proper techniques of the various disciplines of dance while enjoying the performing and competition aspects of dance in a loving atmosphere encouraged by the teachers, other students, and parents.

About the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

The world-class Cannon Center for the Performing Arts officially opened to rave reviews in January 2003.

The 2,100-seat multi-purpose facility is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and hosts a multitude of other events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts, touring theatrical productions, children's theater and general sessions for conventions in the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Anunciando el Tour del Ballet de Moscúen! En Memphis el 29 de noviembre

¡Anunciando el único Ballet de Moscú! Gran cascanueces ruso ~ Tour de la Paloma de la Paz.  Las entradas están a la venta ahora para el rendimiento de Memphis el 29 de noviembre. Visite para obtener los mejores asientos. Experimente el Tour de la Paloma de la Paz de Ballet de Moscú, extendiendo la buena voluntad en más de 100 ciudades de América del Norte en esta temporada de vacaciones, y presentando intérpretes de clase mundial; Leyendas populares rusas Papá Noel y Snow Maiden, telones de fondo pintados a mano por maestros rusos; y una Paloma de la Paz con una envergadura de 20 pies: el Gran Cascanueces ruso hace que el espíritu navideño cobre vida para todas las edades. "¡Los niños tenían los ojos abiertos de alegría!", dice The New York Times.