Nutcracker Ballet - Cleveland (OH)

Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Mikel Rollet Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina December 22 at Cleveland’s Music Hall at Public Auditorium

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violist Mikel Rollet on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Saturday, December 22, 7pm, at the Music Hall at Public Auditorium, 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. Mikel Rollet recently won first place and the Bach prize in the high school division of the Ohio Viola Society Competition at Oberlin Conservatory. He has served as Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Florida Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen. 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, Mikel Rollet, please contact Sally or Gabry. 

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

Mikel Rollet, 17, is a violist in the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artists Program, where he studies with Jeffrey Irvine.  He has served as Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Florida Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen. This summer, he attended the Heifetz International Music Institute. An alumnus of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, he most recently won first place, as well as the Bach prize, in the high school division of the Ohio Viola Society Competition at Oberlin Conservatory. Next year, he will be playing the first movement of the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall for the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert.

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

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” October 22 and 24 in Cleveland

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 Cleveland 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. 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. Sign up to audition today at

Audition Locations:

Monday, October 22, 2018 5:30pm
En Pointe Danse
516 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:00pm
Cuyahoga Falls Dance Center
428 Portage Trail Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Saturday, December 22 at 3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm, at Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium.  Buy Tickets.

Yuriy Kuzo graduated from Lviv College of Culture and Arts and continued on to Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University receiving a degree in Choreography from there. Yuriy was then invited to join the Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He performs the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake; Espado, Bolero and Jig in Don Quixote; Birbanto in Le Corsaire; and many more solo roles.

Our goal is to provide En Pointe Danse students with a strong technical foundation in ballet, and other dance forms, while encouraging a joy for dancing that they will take with them wherever they go. We want our students to be able to apply the lessons learned in dance, such as discipline, perseverance, creative thinking and a developed sense of physical well-being, to the rest of their lives. We also promote the growth of our students’ self-confidence, self-expression, and their ability to thrive in a performance setting. Contact Gail Friedberg 440-247-5747

Cuyahoga Falls Dance Center strives to foster self-confidence, physical fitness, and artistic expression in our students. Students work hard, accept corrections gracefully, feel beautiful, and challenge themselves to move to music. The studio witnesses their personal growth as they learn to interact with one another with courtesy and respect. Students are encouraged to give back to the community that has supported their endeavors and to become role models of accomplishments and integrity. Above all, the studio is a joyful place where our students smile, laugh, have fun and encourage one another.


About the Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium

Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium is located within the Cleveland Convention Center, and serves as host to various performing arts shows, from music to dance to stage shows. The facility was constructed in 1922 in the "grand opera" tradition and Italian Renaissance style. In addition to the 3,000-seat Music Hall theater, the complex features a large exhibition space as well as a 10,000-seat auditorium and 600-seat Little Theater.