Nutcracker Ballet - Santa Rosa (CA)

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
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About the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Santa Rosa! Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was opened to the public in 1981, with debut performances by the Santa Rosa Symphony and featured artists such as Anne Murray and Steve Allen. It has been owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, which was established in the 1970s, for the past 30 years.

Today, the theater hosts a variety of performances, including the American Philharmonic, Gladys Knight, and the Vienna Boys Choir, as well as educational and community events. The center also hosted George Carlin's last recorded performance.

Santa Rosa Ballet Partnership: Sonoma Conservatory of Dance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Santa Rosa children from Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. Sonoma Conservatory of Dance (SCD) was originally founded in 1970 as Sonoma Ballet Conservatory. In 2005, Patricia O’Reilly repositioned the studio as Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and under her artistic direction, SCD continues to offer the very highest quality classical ballet and dance instruction to youth and adults. As a nonprofit, SCD can serve as many students as possible regardless of financial circumstances. The students grow as they train together under the mentorship of an excellent artistic staff who create an outstanding classroom environment as well as high-quality performances, thereby enhancing each student’s sense of self-mastery. The studio’s students have been accepted into the most prestigious dance programs both locally, nationally and internationally, including: American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. To date, SCD students have competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix and the RAD Dance Challenge.