Nutcracker Ballet - Bethesda (MD)

Music Center at Strathmore
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Music Center at Strathmore
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm
T: 301.581.5100

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

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 Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2018 Bethesda Performances!

CityDance Center at Strathmore’s mission is to advance the appreciation for and participation in contemporary dance through performance and education. CityDance is comprised of the following programs: Studio Education, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler, providing dance training at multiple sites around the DC metropolitan area; Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), a Dance School and Conservatory committed to training young dancers for professional careers; Center at DC Dance Collective (Washington, DC), specializing in early childhood dance education; CityDance Early Arts, led by Kelli Quinn, is a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to underserved neighborhoods; CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore, producing and presenting professional dance performances and providing a performance home for CityDance Conservatory and School students; Artist-in-Residence Program is part of CityDance’s commitment to producing and presenting professional dance in the DC metropolitan area.

Bethesda’s Young Musical Phenom Malva de Boor Accompanies Moscow Ballet's Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 23 at Music Center at Strathmore

Bethesda’s young phenom, violinist Malva de Boor, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 23, 2:00 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore, for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. De Boor will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at

De Boor has studied with Ronda Cole since age three.  Awards include first place in the Caurine Easterling String Achievement Awards, second place in the 2017 NVMTA Concerto Competition, and third Place in the International Enkor Chamber Music Competition. She has also played in the Young Artist series at the Alden Theatre. Malva loves chamber music, singing and dancing, and has attended Greenwood Music camp for three summers, sung in Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, and danced in the Great Russian Nutcracker. She also plays oboe and she has been a key member of Odyssey of the Mind team that won region and state competitions and even placed fourth in the world. Malva is currently a ninth grader at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

About the Music Center at Strathmore

Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose.

High quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore. Seasonal outdoor events seek to be inclusive in their programming appeal, reaching out to people of all ages, interests, and cultural heritage.