Nutcracker Ballet - Little Rock (AR)

Robinson Center Music Hall
Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Keenan Peet Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina December 27 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Keenan Peet on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Thursday, December 27, 3pm, at the Robinson Center Music Hall,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. Keenan Peet has been playing the violin for nine years. He has played as a section violinist with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and a first violinist with Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association’s All-State Orchestra. 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

Keenan Peet is a violinist who has played violin for nine years under the direction of Christie Bonds in school orchestra. In 2017, he started studying privately with Geoffrey Robson, Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles. In the summer of 2016, Keenan attended Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan where he was awarded the opportunity to study with world-renowned faculty. He played as a section violinist with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years and participated in the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association’s (ASBOA) All-Region Junior High Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. He has been playing with the senior high orchestra as of 2017, and this year he played first violin in the ASBOA All-State Orchestra.

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Little Rock!

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 8 in Little Rock

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 Little Rock on Saturday, September 8 at 9:00am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Ballerina 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 Dancers Corner 7509 Cantrell Road #120 Little Rock, AR 72207. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Thursday, December 27 at 3:00 pm, and 7:00pm, at Robinson Center Music Hall.  Buy Tickets

Fall in love with the art of dance in a non-competitive and age appropriate environment at Little Rock’s Dancers Corner School of Dance. The recreational program focuses on Classical Ballet and also introduces students to Tap & Jazz. The Ballet Company classes offer pre-Pointe & Pointe training. Voted "Best Choice for Kids & Families" by readers of Kid's Directory two years running, Dancers' Corner was established in July of 2010 by Mrs. Sandy Hunter Miller.  The other teachers from McAfee joined Mrs. Sandy in creating the new studio, giving the staff an average of 20 years teaching experience. Dancers' Corner recently celebrated it's 5th year with an amazing Jazz & Tap showcase and Cinderella Ballet! Classes are offered during the morning, early afternoon, after school and in the evening to meet the needs of many families. The homeschool program now offers 4 age ranges with mid-day class times. Students may begin as early as 2 years old with our Tots in Tutus, Mommy & Me program, continue with independent classes starting at 3 years old, and join our company performance classes from ages 6 to adult. The studio presents and offers an age appropriate experience for all involved.  From youngest to oldest and most advanced students, costumes are modest, and music and choreography are appropriate for the dancers and the audience members who will be watching them perform.

About the Robinson Center Music Hall

For 76 years, Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center welcomed citizens and visitors to experience a variety of entertainment – concerts, sporting events, conventions, community activities, conferences and stage performances of every kind.  The center closed July 1, 2014 for extensive renovations, restoration and an expansion.  It will re-open November 10, 2016.

Renovations include enhanced acoustics, updated interior finishes, technology upgrades, dressing room upgrades, expanded loading dock and storage areas, expanded public lobbies and restrooms, onsite box office, a new centrally-located grand stair to link multiple lobby levels, new public drop-offs and parking garage vestibules, a brand new conference center overlooking the Arkansas River featuring a grand ballroom and outdoor terrace, and much more.