Nutcracker Ballet - St. Petersburg (FL)

Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm
T: 727.300.2000

The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Tampa Bay's St. Petersburg December 26 and 27

Moscow Ballet brings the Gift of Christmas Tour to St Petersburg in Tampa Bay Great Russian Nutcracker performances bringing holiday magic to life and creating unforgettable memories for all ages. The company performs at St Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theatre on Thursday, December 26, 7:00pm evening show only and Friday, December 27, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm evening.

Moscow Ballet makes Christmas gift giving easy with the holiday performance that delights all ages…from the life-sized Kissy Doll to the fierce, red-eyed Rat King; and the Russian Troika Sleigh bringing Masha through the Snow Forest to the Land of Peace and Harmony which is populated with 10 foot tall dancing puppets, exotic flying birds and dancing couples from the world’s five great heritages.

About Host Studio: Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy

For 40 years, Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy (MJPAA) has been a leader in the Tampa Bay area specializing in dance, acting, voice and music education. Their distinctive combination of performing arts curricula and professional compassionate faculty provides students an edifying experience while developing friendships and a lifelong appreciation of the arts. Under the tutelage of Artistic Director Mary Jo Scanio, the Academy has grown to incorporate education in all areas of the performing arts and has emerged today as one of the finest training facilities in the southeast region. MJPAA is founded on the belief that arts education is character education, instilling the discipline, self-confidence, creativity and life lessons necessary for students to succeed in any path they choose. The Academy has been home to over thousands of aspiring artists, many who are currently enjoying careers in the performing arts as entertainers, choreographers and educators.

Mary Jo Scanio takes the reigns as Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio in St Petersburg/Tampa Bay following the Judith Lee Johnson Dance School which was a Moscow Ballet Host Studio since the earliest North American tours in the 1990’s. The longest continuously operating studio in St. Petersburg, Johnson’s School is one of the best-known dance schools in Florida with more than 40 years of guiding scores of dancers into America's most prestigious ballet companies including three dancers invited to the New York City Ballet. 

About The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater

The Mahaffey Theater at the Duke 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.