Nutcracker Ballet - Monroe (LA)

Monroe Civic Center
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

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


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” Thursday, September 27 in Monroe

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 Anna Trofimova arrives in Monroe on Thursday, September 27 at 5:30pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Anna Trofimova 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 Missy Crain School of Dance 710 Highway 139 Monroe, LA 71203.  Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Monroe Civic Center.  Buy Tickets.

Missy Crain Dance Studios is the proud home of the National Champion Missy Crain Performing Company as well as the nationally acclaimed Louisiana Delta Ballet. Missy Crain and her extraordinary staff have brought quality dance training to North Louisiana for over 30 years. The school provides quality dance training in a motivating and positive atmosphere. Classes are taught for all ages beginning at 3. Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap classes are offered. MCDS has a place for everyone, whether seeking a professional career or dancing just for fun. The studios are headquartered in Monroe, LA with added locations in Ruston, Calhoun and Sterlington.

About the Jack Howard Theatre in the Monroe Civic Center

Jack Howard Theatre in the Monroe Civic Center  is named for W. L. "Jack" Howard, the Union Parish native who served as the mayor of Monroe from 1956 to 1972 and again from 1976 to 1978. The theater provides full-view seating for over 2,200 patrons. It offers 73 x 46 stage with 54 sets of scenery lines, a full-size orchestra pit, six dressing rooms, full DMX Controlled Stage Lighting and a 32 channel sound system. The Monroe Civic Center was built in 1965 and was home to the Monroe Moccasins ice hockey team and Twin City Gators indoor football team.The main complex of the Civic Center, the arena provides 44,000 square feet of exhibit space along with 5,600 seats. The arena houses events such as banquets, circuses, music concerts, and rodeos.